5 Feb 2010

Law on carrying knives should be looked at - judge

8:36 am on 5 February 2010

The judge who jailed two men for a fatal stabbing says Parliament may need to reconsider the law on possessing knives.

At the Auckland High Court on Thursday, Justice Asher sentenced a 20-year-old man to life with a minimum non-parole period of 11 years for the fatal stabbing of Daryl Graydon, 26, in the Auckland suburb of Howick three years ago.

Another man, also 20, was convicted of Mr Graydon's manslaughter and jailed for six years.

The men had armed themselves with knives and pursued Mr Graydon and a friend after an earlier altercation.

Justice Asher says it's likely Mr Graydon would still be alive if his attackers had not been carrying knives.

He says it may be time for Parliament to look at strengthening the law that makes it an offence to carry a knife without a reasonable excuse.

Lawyer Barry Hart, who represents the 20-year-old jailed for life, says he will appeal against his client's conviction.