Skinhead jailed for attacks on Asians
A white supremacist who attacked Asians as he walked along a Christchurch road has been jailed and told of the damage he has done to New Zealand.
The group Jared Levi Peck was with abused or attacked at least five Asians in Riccarton Rd on September 24 last year.
A Japanese man has now returned home and tells people they should be cautious about travelling to New Zealand.
A Chinese victim was attacked three-on-one and had his jaw broken.
“The actions of your group caused him to decide to leave New Zealand,” Christchurch District Court Judge David Holderness told Peck at his sentencing at the Rangiora Courthouse.
Peck stood in the dock with a shaved head and a skull tattoo on his neck as Judge Holderness imposed a jail term of two years and four months.
His mother ran from the courtroom in tears when she realised he was not going to be allowed home detention. She wanted him at home to help her while she is treated for cancer.
A 17-year-old co-offender, Michael Holmes, has already been sentenced in Auckland, where he was given six months home detention.
Judge Holderness said he regarded Holmes’ sentence as “extraordinarily lenient” and there was no proper basis to extend the same leniency to Peck, who was two years older, had a record of offending and had continued to offend.