A man found guilty by a jury of what the judge called “despicable” racial attacks on Asian people has been jailed for three years and six months.
David Alan Dooley, 26, was upset when the jury returned its verdicts at the end of his Christchurch District Court trial and still does not accept the outcome. He is seen as a high risk of reoffending.
Dooley was sentenced yesterday on two charges of assault with intent to injure, injuring with intent to injure and burglary.
Defence counsel Allister Davis said Dooley was reluctant to accept the verdicts of the jury, so showed no remorse. He accepted that Dooley was on release conditions from prison when the offending happened.
Judge Alistair Garland said that on September 24, 2010, Dooley was walking along Riccarton Rd when he yelled at three teenage Asian males and ran across the road to them.
He used his left arm to push one to the ground, and a co-offender punched him. They then punched a second man to the ground and kicked him in the head and body.
The group continued along Riccarton Rd and yelled at an Asian man riding his bicycle. Two of the group chased him and kicked him in the head and upper body.
Further along the road they followed a couple on to their property while shouting racial abuse. They cornered the man and banged his head against the door.
Thankfully such racially motivated violence is rare in New Zealand. I don’t know what is in the water in Christchurch that they are unlucky enough to breed people like Dooley.
Dooley has previously been found driving while disqualified, breaches of supervision, breach of community work, and breach of bail, theft, obscene exposure, and breach of prison release conditions.