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Dog stabber to enter into mediation

Timithi Aplin-Barrett

Former friends will now enter into a restorative justice conference after the stabbing of Skipper.

Raymond Kilgour appeared in the Christchurch District Court for sentencing and ended up in a restorative justice conference with Duncan McCormack, the owner of Skipper, the dog he stabbed.

Kilgour stabbed Skipper, a 12-year-old Jack Russel, after he and McCormack had been discussing that the dog was getting old.

Skipper survived, and McCormack read his victim statement in court on Friday, describing how the event affected him.

He said he would never forget the image of Skipper, terribly wounded. He was hurt that Kilgour seemed to show little remorse or empathy for what he had done. 

It has been suggested that Kilgour pay veterinary fees of about $1,300.