Gareth Ferguson is sentenced in Dunedin District Court.
A Dunedin Mongrel Mongrel Mob member who used a hunting
knife on a rival gang member early last year has been jailed
for three years and eight months.
Gareth Robert Ferguson, 40, of Dunedin pulled out the large
knife and stabbed Black Power gang member Allan Kukutai once
during an altercation in the Octagon about 1.40am on February
18 last year.
The attack left Mr Kukutai with serious injuries, including
lacerations to his liver and lungs.
The stabbing followed three years of ongoing tension between
the two gangs.
For a city the size of Dunedin, those tensions were "far too
pronounced", Judge Michael Crosbie said during sentencing in
Dunedin District Court yesterday.
Ferguson earlier admitted an indictably laid charge of
injuring Mr Kukutai with intent to cause him grievous bodily
harm. The charge had been reduced from one of wounding with
intent, on which Ferguson was going to trial.
Judge Crosbie agreed with Crown counsel Marie Grills the use
of a weapon, the seriousness of the violence, given the level
of injury, and the gang warfare context made the matter
Mrs Grills argued the attack was in the nature of a vigilante
action and an end sentence of just over five years was
But defence counsel Anne Stevens said it had not been
premeditated or in the nature of a vigilante action. Ferguson
had not left home looking for Mr Kukutai. It had been a
chance meeting but he accepted he stabbed Mr Kukutai because
that was part of gang behaviour.
Judge Crosbie agreed the act was part of gang warfare, that
Ferguson had singled out Mr Kukutai for no other reason than
he was a member of another gang.