A ruthless killer already serving a life sentence for stabbing a man to death has flashed a gang sign to his supporters as he faces charges over a vicious prison yard assault.
Adam Robert Gempton, 29, is currently serving a life sentence for killing Timothy Constable in a brawl outside a Christchurch home in 2009.
Gempton’s sentence includes a non-parole period of 10 years, however this week’s sentencing could impact future Parole Board applications, the NZ Herald reported.
The brutal attack on January 16 was caught on prison CCTV and only lasted 25 seconds, which was enough for Gempton and his accomplices to savage their victim, who refused to make a statement or complaint.
Adam Robert Gempton, 29, (pictured) is already serving a life sentence but faced court on fresh charges after a viscous prison yard assault was caught on camera
It was alleged the victim had ‘broken the rules’ of the Neighbourhood Crips, the gang Gempton is a member of.
Gempton’s defence lawyer told the Christchurch District Court that his client had found a ‘brotherhood’ within the gang.
Gempton admitted to the prison yard assault as well as a separate incident where he stabbed another prisoner in the throat with a ‘shiv’ made of a nail embedded in some melted plastic.
Judge David Saunders said the victim was punched and kneed as he lay helpless in the prison yard.
As Gempton was lead out of the court room a number of people in the public gallery flashed gang signs to Gempton, who returned to gesture
‘Violence simply breeds violence. You will all know that from where you are today,’ he said.
Because Gempton is already serving a life sentence, a cumulative term of imprisonment can’t be handed down, however Judge Saunders sentenced him to two years and six months for the two vicious attacks.
As Gempton was lead out of the court room a number of people in the public gallery flashed gang signs to Gempton, who returned the gesture.
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