A Dunedin man attacked another man with a large kitchen knife
because he was upset the man was sleeping with his
ex-partner, the Dunedin District Court heard.
Nathan Leonard Deans-Wiggins, 31, unemployed, of Dunedin,
admitted assaulting Vincent Morgan Jones with a knife.
Deans-Wiggins was to have stood trial on the assault and an
associated charge of threatening to kill Mr Jones but pleaded
guilty to the assault before a jury was selected to hear the
The Crown opted to offer no evidence on the charge of
threatening to kill on which the defendant was discharged.
He was yesterday convicted on the charge of assault with a
weapon and was remanded in custody for sentence on October
Public defender Campbell Savage did not apply for bail.
The summary of facts from Crown counsel Marie Grills said
Deans-Wiggins arrived at the house where his ex-partner was
living about 10pm on May 10 and found the woman, her new
partner Mr Jones, a friend and the babysitter all drinking.
He stood over Mr Jones and demanded to know his name, which
Mr Jones told him. Deans-Wiggins took Mr Jones to the
kitchen, slammed the door behind them and asked if he had
been sleeping with his partner. Mr Jones replied he had.
The defendant then said "You know I want to kill you right
now" and took a large wooden-handled knife with a 27cm
serrated blade from a drawer.
He punched Mr Jones several times, causing his glasses to
fall to the floor, then lunged with at his chest and stomach
with the knife, which failed to penetrate his clothing.
Mr Jones screamed he would leave the house if the defendant
stopped stabbing at him. The defendant told him to run and Mr
Jones left the house and drove away. He had a small cut to
his temple, a sore face and chest and a small scratch on his
back but did not need medical attention.
The defendant told police he punched Mr Jones several times
and threw him out of the house because Mr Jones was sleeping
with his partner.