Fixed It: He is not a “star”

November 24, 2020by Jane Gilmore

NZ site Stuff published a report on a man who strangled, assaulted and kicked a woman in the face. He was sentenced to three months’ community detention and 12 months’ intensive supervision.

During the assault, the woman believed he was going to kill her. 

He’s not a “star” of any kind. He’s a violent man who committed a violent crime. 

He didn’t “fall from grace”, he committed a violent crime.

The crime was indeed a “despicable assault”. It was also a choice he made to commit a violent crime. 

The lead sentence states that he admitted his actions were despicable. It’s not until the eighth paragraph that we find out he denied the violence throughout the trial. 

In paragraph 15 we find out that during the trial he accused the woman of “embellishing her statements to ruin his career”.

Apparently he found time to reflect on his actions and feel remorse after he was found guilty but before his sentencing hearing. 

How very convenient. 

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