26 Sep 2009

International student jailed for stabbing teacher

3:57 pm on 26 September 2009

An international student who stabbed his teacher in the back has been jailed for 18 months and his parents ordered to pay $10,000 in reparation.

Tae Won Chung had admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent to injure David Warren at Auckland's Avondale College in March this year.

The attack was sparked when Mr Warren, 49, made mention of Chung being conscripted to the Korean Army - something he was anxious about as he approached his 18th birthday.

Mr Warren, who now walks with a pronounced limp, read out a victim impact statement in Auckland District Court on Thursday, saying his spinal cord had been badly damaged and his left leg was paralysed.

Chung's father also addressed the court and apologised to Mr Warren and to New Zealand.

The defence, which had wanted Chung to serve his sentence in home detention, is to lodge an appeal on that basis.