Man jailed for throat stabbing

A 68-year-old man was jailed for six years for stabbing a woman he knew in the throat, cutting her carotid artery.

Wayne Curtis Durham had known the woman for a number of years, and said she had taken advantage of his generosity.

She rejected a relationship with him while they were at her New Brighton home on December 30. Durham left the room, then returned and told her she would never see him again after this, and stabbed her in the throat.

He left the property and she called emergency services. Police arrived and put a pressure band on the wound, then phoned the ambulance.

The woman had a 5cm cut to the carotid artery, and haemorrhaged. She underwent surgery and was in an induced coma for a couple of days afterwards.

Durham returned to the address, and told police he couldn’t remember doing the stabbing, but showed the police where the knife was in the back yard.

Yesterday at the Christchurch District Court, Crown prosecutor Sean Mallett said the woman was still suffering from her injuries, and it was lucky Durham was not charged with murder.

Defence counsel Glenn Dixon said Durham accepted responsibility for the stabbing, but never wanted to see the woman again, and did not want to attend a restorative justice meeting.

Judge Jane Farish sentenced Durham to six years’ prison, with a three-year non-parole term before he can be considered for release.


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