Justice Helen Winkelmann began her sentencing indicating she was going to discharge the boy without conviction.
Dudley's father Brent, who had earlier delivered an emotional victim impact statement, erupted in disbelief, yelling from the back of the court: "You're f...... joking."
"You've got to be joking, this guy beat my son to death," he yelled to the judge.
As he was led from the court he yelled "That's justice for you in New Zealand. The law's an ass."
Discharged? Unbelievable, a bloody joke!
The boy pleaded guilty to assault with intent to injure
an "act of cowardice and brutality"
He was smaller than you and you attacked him from behind
the boy continued the assault even after Stephen was unconscious
"You are a coward and any thoughts of forgiveness are entirely out of the question."
he considered the boy to be "the hand of evil".
The law is indeed an ass, abetted by dud judges.