Teen stabbed family member at party

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 00:01 28/05/2013

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An 18-year-old stabbed a family member during a drunken party telling him he "would finish him", the New Plymouth District Court heard yesterday.

Kodi Christopher Wakefield, who pleaded guilty to wounding with intent at an earlier appearance, was very drunk when he got into an argument at a family home on January 14. His lawyer, Susan Hughes QC, argued the injuries to his victim were minimal and should be treated as "very much low level offending".

It was Wakefield who had the worst end of the deal after being punched first by the victim.

Wakefield had been beaten, humiliated and ordered from the house before grabbing the kitchen knife.

The wound was only 1cm deep, Ms Hughes said.

Wakefield, who had no previous convictions despite being part of a dysfunctional family, was assessed as being at a low risk of reoffending and deserved a chance, she said.

Judge Allan Roberts said all the family members had drunk to excess on the day.

He was challenged to a fight and punched, foolishly saying "keep punching me and I'll finish you".

He concealed a 20-centimetre blade and stabbed his victim in the left side of his chest. He withdrew it and attempted to stab him again but was overpowered.

Picking up a knife and stabbing a person in the body was a serious offence, the judge said.

Wakefield was sentenced to six months' home detention, ordered to undertake domestic violence prevention counselling and alcohol and drug treatment.

Wakefield was also given his first strike warning.

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