Only about a week before the expected birth of his child, Gary Thomas Dufty has begun a three-year jail term for a stabbing that put a workmate in hospital with a perforated bowel.
Dufty's parents were in tears as they sat through his Christchurch District Court sentencing. They heard that the stabbing was seen as too serious for anything less than a jail term.
Dufty's partner is expecting a child on March 7. He had not wanted her to travel to Christchurch to support him at the sentencing.
The 22-year-old was told by Judge Gary MacAskill that he must pay a $3000 emotional harm reparations payment to the victim.
In his victim impact statement, the victim said he had lost $6000 in wages as he recovered from his painful injury.
Judge MacAskill told Dufty: "We see enough of these cases before the court to know that deterrence is required."
The stabbing happened after a drinking session at a Phillipstown complex where workmates lived in several units.
Defence counsel Geoff Fulton said that if it had not been for the alcohol involved, people would have laughed off the work-related dispute that arose.
Instead, it led to a scuffle, and Dufty and the victim falling down the stairs.
Dufty then armed himself with a knife and stabbed the victim in the abdomen, causing a tear to his bowel and damage to his urinary system.
He needed surgery for the injuries, and spent about four weeks in hospital.
He had much longer off work, feeling sore and tender. He still has nightmares and insomnia and had to stop receiving counselling because he could afford neither the time nor the cost.
Judge MacAskill asked Crown prosecutor Chris Newman to take that issue up with ACC to ensure that the victim had received all the help available.
The judge said he accepted that the attack was impulsive.
He noted that Dufty had a significant criminal record with 16 previous convictions, but no convictions for violence.
Dufty was remorseful but the Probation Service assessed him as having a high risk of causing harm to others.
In this case, he had pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
"You took the trouble to acquire a knife to carry out the attack," Judge MacAskill told him.
"The grievous bodily harm was serious in the scale of things. You are lucky that he did not suffer a more serious wound or a fatal injury."
- The Press