Refugee jailed for Chch knife rampage
Thu, 20 Sep 2012 3:06p.m.
By 3 News online staff
The knife-wielding Somali refugee who went on a stabbing rampage in Christchurch in March has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison.
Judge David Saunders handed down the sentence at the Christchurch District Court which includes the provision that he must serve half his prison term before being eligible for parole.
Zakariye Mohammed Hussein, 27, began his crime spree at Redwood Primary School in the early hours of March 15 where he threatened two staff with a knife.
Police were called but Hussein evaded them, hijacking a nearby pie delivery truck and holding its driver, Marteine Robin, at knife-point demanding he be driven around the city.
After an hour of driving, Hussein stabbed Ms Robin who stopped her van in morning rush hour traffic at a busy intersection and fled.
Hussein tried hijacking another car, banging on windows and was then confronted by a Christchurch City Council worker.
Hussein stabbed him several times before a truck driver intervened and a fight ensued.
Police arrived and tried to pepper spray and taser Hussein, who was brandishing two knives.
When that failed to subdue him, they shot him in the shoulder and the wrist.
Hussein has been at Hillmorton psychiatric hospital since the day of the rampage and has no use of the arm which police shot at.
His lawyer Allister Davis says Hussein doesn’t know what caused him to do what he did and told medical professionals he felt “possessed by the devil”.
Mr Davis also says Hussein has no criticism of police for shooting him.
“He accepts his behaviour on the day warranted exactly what happened,” says Mr Davis.
Hussein hadn’t taken medication in the days before the incident and had spent the night sleeping in bushes at the school before he began his spree of attacks.
His sentence includes charges of intent to cause grievous bodily harm, kidnapping and possessing a knife without lawful intent.
Judge Saunders gave him a discount for his depression, remorse, personal circumstances and guilty pleas.
He was initially charged with attempted murder but police dropped that charge in June.
Hussein will be eligible for parole in three-and-half-years.
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20/09/2012 7:43:45 p.m.
I agree with all the comments here. We don't want people like that here. What sort of appreciation is that? He has been given a second chance at life and blown it. Kick his arse out of here.
20/09/2012 7:32:59 p.m.
Who lets these retards into nz.We should give him a taxi yeah right.
20/09/2012 7:20:22 p.m.
Farmer Jack wrote:
Hey, send this looney prick back to where he came from ,save us all the jail cost,or shoud it be TAX PAYERS MONEY
20/09/2012 5:49:35 p.m.
Why are we letting this type into NZ, when that had working British man with a company and offering jobs etc is made to jump hoops and struggles to get a stay.
Its looks like our emigration dept thinks the bigger the No hopper you are the better chance you have of getting in.!!???
Send this guy back now, why waste tax payer money on him.
20/09/2012 3:41:22 p.m.
geoff s wrote:
Perhaps do the NZ Taxpayer a favour and send him back to Somalia after he has served his sentence
20/09/2012 3:25:04 p.m.
When he gets out they should ship his ass back to Somalia we dont need his kind here.
20/09/2012 3:19:52 p.m.
refugee goes on a stabbing rampage and gets 6 years free board and lodgings!!!!!
SEND HIM HOME!
stop being a happy clappy touchy feely it's not his fault society, grow some balls!
Send him home and let him be tried under their law.
If NZ was more pro active with that stance we wouldn’t have Winston Peters preaching on the decline of our society through the lack of immigration controls.
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