23 Feb 2021

Man jailed for 7 years over kiss appeals in Supreme Court

From Checkpoint, 5:51 pm on 23 February 2021

A mentally ill man jailed for seven years for attempting to kiss a woman on a Wellington street is challenging the decision in the Supreme Court.

Daniel Clinton Fitzgerald, who has schizophrenia, was sentenced in 2018 for the assault.

He had been convicted twice before for assaulting women on the street and the third conviction invoked the three strikes rule under the Sentencing Act and therefore the maximum sentence for the crime.

Eva Corlett was at the Supreme Court today.

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