Hallwright victim to seek harsher penalty
A Korean man seriously injured after being run over by Guy Hallwright wants to appeal the sentence given to the senior Forsyth Barr analyst.
Hallwright was last week sentenced to 250 hours community work, had his driver's license taken away for 18 months and must pay $20,000 reparations to Mr Sung Jin Kim.
He was found guilty by jury of recklessly causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Kim by running over his foot after a brief but heated exchange in Mt Eden in September 2010.
Mr Kim's lawyer, Dr Michael Kidd, says Mr Kim came to see him late yesterday saying he wants to appeal the sentence.
"Mr Kim thinks the defendant should have received a custodial or semi-custodial term such as home detention for such a deliberate assault."
Dr Kidd does not believe Mr Kim wants more reparations.
He says they need to ask the Crown whether it intends to appeal the sentence. It had indicated earlier it would not.
"If it's not, we will need to know whether or not they have any objections to an appeal.
"The attorney-general can actually stop people appealing but I think in this case it would be unlikely."
Dr Kidd says because Mr Kim is directly linked to the case, he has the right to ask for the sentence to be reconsidered.
While causing grievous bodily harm with reckless disregard carries a maximum term of seven years in prison, Judge Raoul Neave said this would be inappropriate considering Hallwright's "impeccable character".
Meanwhile, it is still unclear whether Hallwright has a future at Forsyth Barr.
Managing director Neil Paviour-Smith last week said the firm was "unhappy" with the situation, but would not confirm whether it would fire Hallwright.