Taupo teen jailed for stabbing tourists

A Taupo teenager who stabbed two tourists in the street in a drunken rage has been jailed for five years and eight months.



Jason Jordan McKenzie, 18, was sentenced in the Rotorua District Court on Monday after being convicted on two charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, assault, aggravated robbery and manufacturing cannabis oil, Fairfax reported.

He had earlier this year pleaded guilty to all charges.

The court heard how in June an intoxicated and angry McKenzie grabbed a 25cm-long kitchen knife from his flat and walked into central Taupo.

As he walked down a street McKenzie stabbed two tourists during separate incidences within five minutes of each other.

One victim received a 2cm chest wound and the other victim was hospitalised with a 6cm stomach wound.

Judge James Weir described McKenzie's attack as "potentially lethal" and said his offending against tourists had likely caused great harm to New Zealand's reputation as a safe place to visit.

McKenzie had smoked cannabis and drunk alcohol on a daily basis since aged 10 and was at a high risk of re-offending, according to a psychiatric report.