May 28, 1993
A final-year law
student, aged 42, earlier convicted of making a threat to a part-time lecturer
at the University of Canterbury by threatening to injure him by running him
down, was given a 12-month deferred sentence.
In addition, Judge Bisphan ordered Robert John
Davidson to pay court costs of $150 and witnesses' expenses of $394.
Evidence at a defended hearing on May 20 was that the complainant, Mr Bruce MacDonald Curtis, was cycling in Armagh Street
on February 16 with his young son on a seat on the bicycle bar when Davidson
turned his car from Fitzgerald
Avenue into Armagh Street.
There he made a U-turn, repeatedly sounded his car's horn, and drove closely
behind Mr Curtis. Davidson then leaned over from
the driver's seat and told Mr Curtis he would kill
him and run him over.
In the course of the defended hearing, Davidson said he had no intention of
running Mr Curtis over. It was a statement
resulting from frustration with Mr Curtis over his
unwillingness to answer to his behaviour towards him.
Judge Bisphan held that a threat to run Mr Curtis over with the intention of frightening him had