Jail for attacker after man's brush with death

A man would have died if his spleen had not been tended to following an assault, an Invercargill District Court judge told the man's attacker.

Greig William Peter Nicoll appeared before Judge Kevin Phillips last week charged with causing grievous bodily harm with reckless disregard.

He was sentenced to one year and eight months jail with leave to apply for home detention if a suitable address became available.

Judge Phillips said that while Nicoll and the victim were drinking at a party, there was a confrontation between the pair. Nicoll punched the man in the head and when he was on the ground he stomped on his chest and stomach area, he said.

Nicoll then took the man out into the road where he punched him twice in the head and left him lying on the road, Judge Phillips said.

The man went to hospital with pain in his stomach area and had to have his spleen removed by emergency surgery, the judge said.

Judge Phillips said the man would have died if his spleen had not been tended to.


Aaron King, 23, was sentenced to 12 months jail, ordered to pay $600 emotional harm reparation and given a warning under the three- strikes law for wounding with intent to injure.

The court was told King was at a bar when the victim made threats towards him.

King punched him up to four times, knocking him to the ground. He was seriously injured, the court was told.

The Southland Times