Samurai sword attacker's accomplice brother jailed

BELINDA FEEK
Last updated 05:00 16/05/2014

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The brother of a man already jailed for his part in a samurai sword attack on a Thames man last year will join him behind bars.

But Ali Taipari, 22, was not classified as being as volatile or as dangerous as his 17-year-old brother, Cory, who had a "chilling" psychiatric report.

In the High Court at Hamilton yesterday, Justice Lang said he was still concerned enough for Ali Taipari, however, and after setting a jail term of three years and seven months on a charge of wounding with intent to injure, he also ordered Ali Taipari serve a minimum non-parole period of 50 per cent - one year and nine months.

The court heard the victim was at his Matatoki property with his partner and a friend on January 28 when, for an unknown reason, the friend began texting Ali Taipari that the victim wanted to fight him.

Ali Taipari, accompanied by his brother, headed to the property armed with two samurai swords.

Cory Taipari charged at the victim, hitting him with the flat part of the blade with such force that it fractured his upper jaw.

Cory Taipari then chased the victim into the house and lunged at him with two swords resulting in the victim receiving a severe gash to his neck, 2 centimetres deep.

The attack has left the 23-year-old victim with permanent nerve damage on the side of his face, as the weapon became embedded in his neck, just behind his ear.

Ali Taipari's lawyer, Rob Weir, said that despite his client withdrawing his earlier guilty plea to the charge, before reinstating it, he did have genuine remorse.

Since being in custody Taipari had missed the birth of his first child, which had caused him much distress.

The judge accepted Ali Taipari was not the one who caused the serious injuries, but he had organised the trip.

"Also, you must have known there were weapons [in the car] although you can't have known the level of violence [intended to be carried out] by your brother. But you must have known your brother was a violent person. Really, there can be no other reason for you going there, having the knowledge that you did."

Aggravating Taipari's situation was that he was on parole at the time after serving a jail term of three years and nine months for aggravated burglary in 2009.

The judge was also concerned to read in a pre-sentence report that Taipari had a tendency to resort to violence when he encountered problems and that he still denied culpability for the attack.

In confirming a minimum non-parole period, the judge said anything less would be insufficient.

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