Man avoids jail over crash rage

By Colin Williscroft colin.williscroft@age.co.nz


A Masterton man convicted of deliberately crashing into a car in which his former partner and 2-year-old son were travelling has avoided jail.

Kieran Charles Brown, 20, was sentenced in the Masterton District Court yesterday on six charges that followed a heated argument between Brown and his then partner on January 5 this year.

They included assault with a blunt instrument (the car), common assault, dangerous driving, threatening to kill and two charges of breaching a protection order.

The court heard that Brown's former partner found texts from other women on his phone after they had returned home from a camping trip. She went around to his home to find out whether he had been unfaithful to her.

Judge Anthony Walsh said after the two argued, Brown followed his former partner as she drove away from his house.

"You followed her. You were upset and enraged.

"You were pointing at her, shaking your fist and screaming at her."

Judge Walsh said Brown's former partner had the couple's 2-year-old son in the car at the time.

Concerned for her safety and that of her son, Judge Brown said the woman pulled her car to the side of the road in Short St, Masterton.

The police summary of facts said Brown then drove straight at the woman's car, crashing into the back right-hand side of it.

Brown then shouted: "You are going to die. I am going to kill you," the summary said. He continued driving, crashing into a fence, before he shouted at her: "I am going to get you. I am going to come and slit your throat in the middle of the night."

Brown then turned his car around and drove back towards the woman, the summary said.

A man driving along Short St at the time parked his car between Brown's and his former partner's, the summary said.

Brown then got out of his car walked towards the man's car before he punched the man through an open car window, the summary said. The court heard Brown's former partner suffered bruising to her head, neck and knees in the crash.

In sentencing Brown, Judge Walsh said it was a bad example of dangerous driving and Brown must be held to account.

"It was crazy driving on your behalf. The court must denounce that.

"If there is any more offending of this nature you may well be looking at a term of imprisonment," Judge Walsh said.

Brown was sentenced to 12 months' intensive supervision and disqualified from driving for 18 months.

Judge Walsh noted that Brown had already completed an alcohol counselling programme and had paid $850 reparation for damage to his former partner's car.

- WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE

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