Prisoner serving life admits two assaults

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A 29-year-old man serving a life term for a 2009 Christchurch murder has now admitted two more violent incidents in prison.

Adam Robert Gemptonwas jailed for life with a non-parole term of 10 years after a trial in 2010 for the fatal stabbing of Timothy Constable in a brawl outside a Bishopdale address.

He is now locked up in the maximum security prison at Paremoremo in Auckland after two incidents at Christchurch Men’s Prison.

He appeared by video-link at the Christchurch District Court today to enter a guilty plea to a charge of assault with intent to injure over a January 16 gang assault in an exercise yard.

He also admitted a charge of injuring a man with reckless disregard for safety after a stabbing in jail, 13 days after the previous incident.

Four gang members have already pleaded guilty to charges relating to the first incident and Gempton will join them for sentencing in Christchurch on June 28. He will be sentenced for the stabbing at the same time.

The victim in the first assault was punched, kneed, and kicked for 25 seconds until he collapsed to the ground. He refused medical treatment and declined to lay a complaint about the assault, but it had all been caught on prison surveillance camera so the charges went ahead anyway.

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