A young Dunedin man has admitted holding a knife to another
man's throat and threatening to kill him.
Kurt Tamati Winkelmann, 25, painter, had elected trial by
jury on a series of allegations from the incident. But he
pleaded guilty to three charges in the Dunedin District Court
yesterday when two other charges were withdrawn.
Winkelmann was convicted of injuring with intent to cause
grievous bodily harm, threatening to kill and unlawfully
possessing a knife.
Judge Kevin Phillips remanded him in custody for sentence on
The facts summary from Crown counsel Richard Smith said
Winkelmann and two others were disguised and wearing dark
clothing when they went to a Cashel St house about 7am on
September 13. One of the group climbed through a bedroom
window and opened the front door for Winkelmann and the third
Two of them went to the 32-year-old victim's bedroom. They
woke him, punched and kicked him and dragged him to his
flatmate's bedroom where Winkelmann held a knife to his
throat and threatened to kill him.
Winkelmann also showed him several text messages which the
victim could not understand. And he hit the victim on the
head with the handle of the knife, causing at least two cuts.
The victim managed to escape and locked himself in his room.
The defendant and his associates left the house, leaving
behind the defendant's knife and cell phone.
When they returned about two hours later to retrieve the
items, the victim saw them coming and barricaded himself in
his bedroom. Winkelmann used a rubbish bin lid to smash the
victim's bedroom window, yelling at him to "get out". He then
made the victim's flatmate get his cell phone.
Police spoke to Winkelmann and the others not far from the
house. The defendant denied being at the address or
assaulting the victim.
The attack left the victim with moderate injuries to his
head, eyes, face and body. He was treated by ambulance staff
at his home but required no further medical attention.