Assaulted, robbed for playing song on repeat

Last updated 16:55 18/06/2014

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Playing a song over and over was the trigger for an incident that became a knifepoint robbery.

A jail term of two years and four months was today imposed on Jesse Lee Fraser, 18, for the drunken early-morning episode in which he robbed a former friend.

Christchurch District Court Judge Paul Kellar sentenced Fraser, who had pleaded guilty to what was described as a violent incident.

Fraser was given a first-strike warning under rules that impose heavier penalties on repeat violent offenders.

The judge said Fraser had visited a friend, and after he had probably had too much to drink early in the morning, an argument began over a minor matter.

Fraser became angry because the victim had been playing the same song over and over.

Fraser began punching him as the victim sat at a computer. Fraser dragged him into the lounge and told him to unplug the PlayStation, and then held a 20-centimetre kitchen knife to his throat while saying he was going to kill him.

Fraser made the victim put games, game controllers, a cellphone and a collection of 27 baseball caps into a rubbish bag.

Since the incident, Fraser has helped to recover much of the $2000 worth of property taken.

"The victim was petrified. He feared for his life," the judge said.

Fraser made threats, but told the victim he would get his property back if he did not call the police.

The victim suffered a black eye, chipped tooth and a sore nose and face. He suffered from depression and anxiety, and the incident had made those conditions worse.

Fraser told the police he had been drunk and did not know why he did it.

He was remorseful, but the pre-sentence report referred to his history of violent offending.

He was assessed as a medium to high risk of further offending or harming others.

The judge said it was apparent that Fraser needed to complete programmes for misuse of alcohol and for violence.

He imposed the jail term and ordered Fraser to pay the remaining reparation of $1199.

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