Banker avoids jail for road rage incident
Thu, 30 Aug 2012 12:11p.m.
By 3 News online staff
Prominent Forsyth Barr analyst Guy Hallwright has been sentenced to 250 hours community service and ordered to pay $20,000 in reparations after a road rage incident in 2010.
He has also been disqualified from driving for 18 months.
Hallwright, 60, was charged after hitting 58-year-old Sung Jin Kim with his car outside a Mt Eden Road bar in September, 2010.
He was found guilty in June of causing grievous bodily harm with reckless disregard, after avoiding a more serious charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to injure.
Hallwright faced up to seven years in jail for the charge.
3 News understands Mr Kim has had ongoing difficulty walking following the incident, in which he suffered two broken legs and a shattered left ankle.
Mr Kim was injured as Hallwright drove off after an angry exchange at the intersection of Mt Eden Rd and Symonds St.
Hallwright says he was aware that he could hit Mr Kim when he drove off, but did so be cause he feared his victim was about to attack him. He called 111 moments later to turn himself in.
“He came to the car to try and attack me and I drove through him,” he tells police in the call.
Hallwright’s defence argued in court that there was no malice, and that he was simply scared and panicked.
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5/09/2012 4:48:35 p.m.
I live in Korea and although I don't think that anyone deserves to get runover. I do believe that Mr Kim was in the wrong as well. If he had stayed in his car this would never have happened. Korean people in this type of case try to milk the situation for anything they can get. I don't think Mr Hallright ran him over intentionally. Korean people are quite dramatic and I would like to see proof that he is still suffering!
3/09/2012 2:17:26 p.m.
Grant, are you joking, or what? If you are, its not funny. Blasting a horn and banging on a car doesn't deserve being run over and having both your legs broken. Mr Hallright should have received jail for this. The judges comments disgusted me too. Just shows, judges sometimes have no sense of right and wrong. And investment bankers.
3/09/2012 5:47:39 a.m.
Grant, it sounds like if someone banged on your what you described as 'paper thin' car, you're gonna run them over. And if Mr Hallwright was indeed threatened, why didn't he call the police in the first place? He was 'road raged' as much as Mr Kim was.
2/09/2012 9:18:47 a.m.
Was there a jury? The article only mentions the judge.
1/09/2012 11:07:09 p.m.
I don't think any of Grant's references justifies running someone over and just leave without stopping.
1/09/2012 9:10:51 p.m.
Grant....i hope it will happen to you.....lets see how you would cope and agree to this statement!
1/09/2012 6:52:55 p.m.
Those complaining about the judgement need to read section 7.4(5)(a) of:- Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004. This rule states:- A person must not, at any time,—(a) use a warning device on a motor vehicle otherwise than as a reasonable traffic warning.Mr Kim used to his horn to abuse Mr Hallwright when Mr Kim was wrong in law. As far as I am aware he has not been prosecuted.All those people offended by Mr Hallwright's sentence should ask why the Police failed to prosecute Mr Kim and picked on Mr Hallwright.What was Mr Kim doing vandalising Mr Hallwright's car by banging on it? He could have called the Police from his car if he was aggrieved. As we well know modern cars are paper thin. Mr Kim made the decision to vandalise the car and in doing so threaten Mr Hallwright and his daughter. More unprosecuted law breaking.Mr Kim deliberately undertook a course of intimidation and threat when he was totally wrong in law about Mr Hallwright's driving actions. Mr Kim engaged in systemic road rage and has not been prosecuted. The fact that his road rage led to his injuries is entirely his own fault and I find it disappointing that Mr Hallwright was prosecuted. Of course, Mr Hallwright, being a productive member of society is an easy target for the police and those ignorant of the very basis of our laws.Laws are there to remove ignorance, emotion, corruption and bigotry from our daily lives. Those who feel sorry for Mr Kim debase our laws.I hope Mr Kim's injuries will be a constant reminder for him to not engage in road rage.I hope the ACC has refused to cover his injuries as he got them whilst commiting offences.
1/09/2012 6:30:26 p.m.
Denise Hills wrote:
Another example of an extremely incompetent judge who appears to be supporting the well healed society peoples. This is a very very serious crime seen by us the lay people.A judge has the ability to use the criminals good behaviour when passing sentence yet the jury are not allowed to know of a criminals past so why should the judge know anything about this (unlikey) exemplary history . Judge Raoul Neave should be dismissed as from now for incompetence in hiswork.
1/09/2012 1:30:06 p.m.
If it was the Korean man who had deliberately run over the white merchant banker, breaking both his legs would the sentence be the same I wonder? If this judge represents the quality of judges we have in the country then we should all be worried. What a laughable result!!!
1/09/2012 9:49:34 a.m.
As an expat and proud Kiwi I can't believe it! If you're a white, upper middle class professional you can get away with hit and run / attempted murder. Either Hallwright bribed the judge or is completely disconnected from reality. This guy has not served the community he is just another greedy, self-interested banker pursuing bonuses at any cost.
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