Piopio home invasion trial: Teen’s finger severed by father and son after burglary goes wrong – What We Know!

William Burr, pictured, and his son Shaun are on trial within the Excessive Court docket at Hamilton for chopping off the finger of a teen burglar in 2020. Picture / NZME

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A father and son are accused of chopping off a teen burglar’s finger earlier than kicking and punching the intruder on the kitchen flooring, and assaulting the alleged burglar’s girlfriend after discovering the pair within the father’s dwelling.

The Excessive Court docket at Hamilton heard that King Nation farmer William Bruce Burr had twice been the sufferer of the burglar, who stole Burr’s automotive from his Te Mapara dwelling, east of Piopio, on separate events main as much as October 1, 2020.

This time, the 17-year-old burglar took his then-girlfriend – each of whom have identify suppression – to Burr’s home on Napinapi Rd within the early hours.

There the pair rifled by way of Burr’s property within the residing space earlier than the girlfriend went to the bed room the place the person was sleeping.

Woken by her, Burr tussled with the girlfriend, Crown prosecutor Rebecca Mann instructed a jury within the Excessive Court docket at Hamilton this afternoon the place Burr and his son are on trial.

Involved with what was occurring to his girlfriend, the burglar went to her assist and hit Burr on the top with a wine bottle.

By now, Mann stated, feelings had been operating excessive and Burr all of the sudden realised who the burglar was – having been the sufferer of his offending earlier than.

Burr bought his shotgun and “frogmarched” the pair down the hallway to the kitchen and ordered them on the bottom.

With the pair beneath management, he rang police, his son Shaun Burr, and his neighbours.

He known as 111 at 1.54am about what occurred, saying he would “blow each their bloody heads off in the event that they transfer”, and that he knew the 17-year-old’s id.

He then continued warning if police didn’t present up, he would “pull the f****** set off quickly”.

Shaun Burr turned up shortly afterwards and it was then, Mann submitted, that the daddy and son set about “exacting retribution”.

The male burglar was then “attacked”, regardless of the pair of intruders being no menace to anyone, Mann stated, as they remained mendacity on the bottom.

Indignant on the audacity of him returning, the daddy and son unleashed a “torrent of violence”, with the teenager struck concerning the head by Shaun Burr with items of wooden which might quickly shatter into items.

As that was occurring, Burr Snr had his shotgun educated on the boy.

The younger man will give proof that it was Burr Jr who punched and kicked him within the head first.

His former girlfriend will give proof about how she heard wooden being damaged and Burr Jr saying “that is what you get if you wish to harm dad”.

The youth was left with lacerations to his head, vital bruising and mendacity in a pool of blood.

However the violence would proceed, the court docket heard.

It was then the boy was requested to place his proper hand flat on the bottom. Burr Jr bought a kitchen knife and commenced chopping by way of his little finger.

Nonetheless, Mann stated it wasn’t a straight ahead lower – as a substitute “extra of a hammering movement” was used.

The teenager couldn’t really feel his hand anymore, Mann stated. He’ll give proof that Burr Jr was banging down on the knife to severer the finger which was finally lower off.

{The teenager} would even be instructed that his lower finger meant “that can educate you to steal, now individuals will know you’re a thief”.

The beating then continued, Mann stated, with the boy receiving extra kicks and punches to his head and physique by each Burr Jr and Snr.

Proof can even be given by neighbours who arrived to listen to Burr Snr yelling “I’ll shoot the bastard” and noticed the boy mendacity face down on the kitchen flooring.

The neighbour will state that he thought {the teenager} was lifeless and that the pair had been giving the intruder a “workover”.

About 5 minutes later, the native police constable, Tony Schrafft, arrived. He seized the gun.

An attending police officer would additionally give proof about how Burr Snr pointed on the boy on the ground saying “that’s the way you do it, you gained’t be f****** doing that once more”, earlier than strolling over and stomping on his decrease again in plain view of the officer.

They’d additionally testify how Burr Snr had the perspective that it was his home and he might do what he favored.

A St John Ambulance officer would additionally testify how Burr Snr protested about giving the boy Nurofen for ache.

The pair deny fees of wounding with intent to trigger grievous bodily hurt, wounding with intent to injure, maiming with intent to trigger grievous bodily hurt, and maiming with intent to injure.

Burr Snr faces two further fees of assault and assaulting a lady.

‘It is a case about concern’

Burr Snr’s counsel Philip Morgan QC instructed the jury that every one they’d heard was the 2 victims’ variations of occasions.

“There’s extra to come back,” he stated. “It’s worthwhile to take heed to the proof, make assessments of individuals’s credibility and truthfulness and apply widespread sense to what you may have been instructed.”

He stated something his consumer could have completed was to guard himself and his son “from the person he thought-about to be very, very harmful certainly” as though the boy was solely 17, he “had been a daunting factor”.

“This was not about retribution. It is a case about concern.”

Simon Lance, defence counsel for Shaun Burr, stated the truth was, Burr Snr was the sufferer of a “violent dwelling invasion” the place he was attacked in his bed room whereas he slept.

“[Boy] was armed. He had a knife. He was about 140kg and the hazard he posed was an ongoing hazard.”

The trial can be about self defence – or Burr Jr’s defence of his father.

‘He was hammering it with a stick’

The boy, now aged 19, was the primary witness known as.

His video interview was performed to the jury the place he defined how a stick was used to “hammer” the butter knife into his finger and assist slice it off.

When requested by Mann what he was doing on the Burr home once more, the boy replied “Oh, to go seize the automotive once more”.

Pointing to footage of the kitchen, he was requested what occurred there and responded, “I bought a hiding on the ground”.

The Crown will name 20 witnesses all through the trial which is about down for 5 days.

A jury of three girls and 9 males will deliberate their destiny. The trial is being overseen by Justice Grant Powell.

• The boy was arrested and convicted of aggravated housebreaking for his half in what occurred. His girlfriend was handled by Youth Help and went by way of a household group convention.

Each victims have computerized identify suppression on account of their age on the time of the offending.