Man stabbed two women and a dog during a drug-induced ‘psychosis’

By November 17, 2017 Recent News

Stuff 16 November 2017
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Matyss Zembergs repaid a family who had taken him in by stabbing the mother, a babysitter and their pet dog in a drug-induced rage.

Court documents have revealed for the first time the harrowing case when Latvian-born Zembergs lashed out on February 20, 2016.

Zembergs came to this country on a 12-month visa and was taken in by a family in the Hastings suburb of Flaxmere after they discovered he needed a place to stay.

During the two weeks Zembergs lived with them he was described as quiet, and mostly kept to himself.

Judge Geoff Rea told Zembergs at his sentencing in Napier District Court on June 16 that his consumption of cannabis, which may have been laced unknowingly with methamphetamine, had caused him to attack.

Zembergs was sentenced to four years and 10 months in jail.

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