Drunken attack blinded party guest

ANNE CLARKSON
Last updated 17:29 03/07/2013

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A man who gatecrashed a 21st birthday party has been sent to prison for causing a man to lose sight in one eye after he struck him with a metal pipe.

Harry Ian Waters, 20, was sentenced on charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and assault.

He was intoxicated when he walked uninvited into the party in New Brighton on April 7, 2011, and knocked into people on the dancefloor. 

He threw a punch at the party's host, and also at relatives who tried to evict him.

He eventually left, but later on returned to the car park and picked up a metal pipe. He swung it at guests, and hit his victim in the face lacerating his eye. 

Christchurch District Court Judge Gary MacAskill said Waters' victim had emergency surgery but had since lost the sight in his eye, and was disfigured and scarred. 

He said Waters was an aggressive drunk who was unwelcome at the party.

He was persistently violent, and armed, and had been convicted of two previous assaults in 2009 and 2011.

Judge MacAskill said Waters' drunk and mindless violence had to be deterred and there had to be serious consequences for being armed.

Waters pre-sentence report said his lifestyle had changed, and he no longer drank alcohol or used drugs. He had moved away from antisocial behaviour and changed friends, and had the support of his family.

Judge MacAskill said Waters was remorseful and regretful, and had paid $3000 to his victim. 

He sentenced him to prison for two years, six months and ordered a further emotional harm reparation payment of $2000.

He read him the first of the three strike warnings for violent offenders.

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