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Mob justice ends in detention sentence

Mob justice ends in detention sentence

Joining friends in a spontaneous act of mob justice to avenge an attack on a friend did not go well for a 32-year-old Hampstead man.

Kane William Roulston appeared before Judge Campbell Savage in the Ashburton District Court for sentencing on Monday.

He had earlier admitted two charges of damaging vehicles and a charge of breaking into a dwelling with the intent to intimidate on Dec 27, 2020

His lawyer, Tiffany McRae, said a friend of Roulston's had been the victim of an unprovoked attack to the head earlier in the week.

The friend already had a head injury and was vulnerable, she said.

Roulston and his friends discovered who the assailant was when they were out drinking that evening and decided to do something about it.

"They charged off with no particular plan in mind," McRae said.

During the altercation, Roulston put his fist through a car window and was taken to hospital with a cut and severe bleeding.

Roulston was sentenced to three months' community detention and ordered to pay a total of $1000 in reparation to cover the insurance excess for the damaged cars.

Over $5000 in reparation

A man who stole a bike when he fell on tough times has been given a suspended sentence and ordered to pay reparation.

Shayden Storm Cavenagh, 32, had earlier pleaded guilty to taking a bike worth $4500 on January 5 and two charges of intentionally damaging vehicles on February 7.

His lawyer Grant Fletcher said Cavenagh had been sleeping rough in hedges but had since gained employment and needed a chance to get his life in order.

Cavenagh was convicted, given a suspended sentence, and ordered to pay $4500 for the bike and $900 towards the insurance excess for the damaged vehicles.

Assault charge

Ashburton man Clifford James Duckmanton, 39, appeared on a charge of assaulting a child on June 11. He was remanded on bail without plea and will appear again on August 21.

Breach of community work

Nelson man Harley Ronald Dawson, 35, admitted a charge of breaching a community work sentence.

His lawyer said Dawson had issues with child care and did not have a driver's licence and was unable to report for community work.

Judge Savage sentenced him to six months' supervision.

Poor impulse control

A 19-year-old Willowby man with "poor impulse control" was given a supervision sentence for assault.

Brodie John Edmond Young had earlier admitted a charge of assault on October 11 last year.

The man's lawyer, Cory Shaw, said Young got angry after a disagreement and had since tried to apologise.

Shaw said Young had ADHD with "poor impulse control" and had stopped taking his medication at the time of the assault.

Young was on intensive supervision and would benefit from a further supervision sentence, Shaw said.

Judge Savage cancelled Young's existing supervision sentence and handed down a new sentence of nine months' supervision with judicial monitoring.

Young was also remanded on a charge for driving while disqualified on Moorhouse Avenue in Christchurch on November 27 last year and a new charge of sustained loss of traction on Trevors Street in Ashburton on June 23.


A warrant for arrest was issued for Moari Jordan Campbell, 22, when he failed to appear in court on a raft of charges including burglary, taking a vehicle, breaching a community work sentence, and several charges of failing to appear in court.