A father-of-two angered by rules around visiting his children
tried to burn down the child agency supervising his access, a
Tristan Larry Ian McNabb of Mangamutu dropped from the
crutches he was leaning on in the dock, crying, swearing and
stating "I was supposed to be going home today" as Judge
Arthur Tompkins sentenced him to three years' imprisonment.
Court staff then had to escort the 36-year-old from the dock
as he continued to rant at the judge looking for an
His mother also had to be removed from court as she stated
her son had been treated badly.
McNabb had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of male
assaults female, two of arson and four of breaching a
On July 12 last year McNabb set fire to the front door of the
Open Home Foundation in Lincoln Rd, damaging the front door
of the agency, which supervised his access to his two
children, following a relationship breakdown.
The front door was extensively damaged along with toys and
other property inside.
Two months later, McNabb returned to the property and set
fire to cars outside, extensively damaging them -- in total
causing $28,000 damage in both arsons.
In November, McNabb breached a protection twice, threatening
his partner and then punching her in the face so hard he
knocked out two of her teeth.
Then while in custody, he breached the protection order
writing to his children and partner pleading with her to help
keep him out of jail.
Crown prosecutor Ian Miller said staff at the centre were
concerned about the fires.
"There was a real fear as to what was going to happen next
... was it going to escalate," he said.
Defence lawyer Peter Stevens said McNabb wasn't himself at
the time and was dealing with the relationship breakdown by
"He was at a very low ebb."
"Given the danger" McNabb posed to his former partner, home
detention wasn't an option, Judge Tompkins said.
The fires were premeditated, he added. He also had to
consider the "physical safety" of the victim and her
"He has shown the protection order means very little to him,"
the judge added.
- by Cherie Taylor of the Wairarapa Times-Age