Kelly 'walked away' from fight
A convicted sex offender picked up an axe during an argument with his flatmate who confronted him about his past, a court has heard.
In the Blenheim District Court yesterday, Jason Brent Kelly, 36, of Renwick, admitted possession of an offensive weapon with intent to commit a crime and was sentenced to 60 hours community work.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Harris said Kelly and his flatmate had been drinking together at their flat in Renwick on the night of February 1 when they got into an argument and Kelly picked up an axe.
A short time later Kelly left the house still carrying the axe and then dumped it in a hedge, he said.
Defence lawyer Philip Watson said someone had given Kelly's flatmate information about his past and the flatmate had confronted Kelly about it.
Kelly had walked away from the fight, he said.
It had been a long time since Kelly had offended and he had served his time and wanted the opportunity to move on with his life, Mr Watson said.
Kelly had support from a church group and the incident had caused him serious embarrassment, he said.
The Marlborough Express