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Five-year sentence for stabbing brother

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/11/2016

A man who stabbed his half-brother in the throat during an argument over $20 has been handed a prison sentence of more than five years.

Huapai man William Nicholas Cameron, 21, in September pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm over the attack on Richard Cameron at a motor camp in Muriwai on January 8.

Sentencing Cameron to five years and nine months in jail on Tuesday, Justice Simon Moore told the High Court at Auckland the pair had been on travelling around New Zealand in a campervan, following Richard's return from Perth.

He said while the dispute appeared to have started over $20 Richard had taken for cigarettes, William Cameron argued he had been bullied by his half-brother since they were children and felt manipulated and threatened in the weeks before your attack.

But Justice Moore dismissed any suggestion of self-defence, describing how Cameron had grabbed a knife during the fight, swinging it several times and hitting Richard in the neck, shoulder hand.

"You simply lost your temper and you reacted in a way which has had dire consequences," he said.

"Given the ferocity and nature of the attack it is nothing short of miraculous that you are not facing a charge of murder."

He said the attack had left Richard Cameron scarred and unable to perform all the tasks he used to as a barista.

"Despite all that has happened, he clearly still cares for you," Justice Moore said.

"It is telling he felt that the attempted murder charge was 'too severe'."

Justice Moore imposed a minimum non-parole period of 34 months.

Williams was also sentenced for causing intentional damage for driving through and smashing the locked gate at the Muriwai Motor Camp immediately after the stabbing.

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