Craft knife attack: Man to be released from jail

A man who drunkenly attacked two men with a craft knife will be released from prison today, a court has heard.

Marc Vincent Dykes, 54, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment today in the Invercargill District Court but, because of the time he has spent on remand, he has effectively served the penalty.

Earlier this week, the defendant was expected to have a judge-alone trial but an eleventh-hour amendment of charges resulted in him pleading guilty to two charges of wounding with reckless disregard, assault and wilful damage.

On December 28 in  2022, Dykes was drinking at his Invercargill home with his flatmates, and as the day progressed, relationships between them became “fractious”.

That evening, the defendant made threats which led to a minor assault before he picked up a chair and smashed a window with it.

The victims came to the address when they found out the defendant was damaging the property.

When they arrived, Dykes came out of the house holding a craft knife and slashed the first victim across the torso, causing a 15cm gash.

Another victim was slit across his thigh.

The defendant was tackled to the ground and eventually the knife was wrestled from him. 

He was also wounded during the struggle and a fourth victim had a minor injury to their leg.

Dykes had to be tasered before he was arrested and a victim was taken to hospital where he received 36 stitches to three different wounds.

The defendant said he had been too drunk to recall the episode.

Judge Thomas Ingram warned Dykes that the incident could have resulted in death.

“No court would treat any kind of stabbing as a minor matter and I certainly don’t,” he said.

The judge said he was not unsympathetic to the defendant’s background and took that into account.

“You are a troubled man who has had significant trauma early in your life and that has contributed very strongly to the events on this particular day,” he said.

“You cannot expect any leniency from the court in the future… They are your issues and you need to address them.”

Judge Ingram said it would not be in the public interest to pass a sentence that would see Dykes face the Parole Board given he had already spent 14 months in custody.

The judge ordered him to pay $813 reparation for the broken window.