A man who has a habit of attacking people with car parts goes after the bill

Darryl Wayne Henderson spat at a car dealership manager, whipped them with a fan belt and said he would come back to kill them, Palmerston North District Court heard.

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Darryl Wayne Henderson spat at a car dealership manager, whipped them with a fan belt and said he would come back to kill them, Palmerston North District Court heard.

A car dealership managing director has been left with marks on his face and fearful he may have caught Covid-19 after he was whipped with a fan belt and spat on by an angry customer.

This isn’t the first time client Darryl Wayne Henderson has used automotive means to vent his anger on people.

He was sentenced in Palmerston North District Court on Thursday to four months in community custody for assault and threatening language.

He pleaded guilty after being given an indication of sentence.

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The offense occurred at a car dealership in July where he took a car for service.

He became disgruntled when given the bill, verbally insulting the staff and threatening to slap him in the face.

He spat at the general manager, who had come out and asked him to leave, the volley landing in the manager’s mouth.

The pair landed on the ground when the manager attempted to push him out of the concession, after which Henderson grabbed a fan belt and repeatedly whipped the manager.

Henderson eventually left, but not before shouting “you’re f……dead, I’m coming back for you” and making a slit throat gesture.

The general manager, in a victim impact statement, said he injured his thumb in the fall and had marks on his face from the fan belt.

He feared he would catch Covid-19 or spit hepatitis, while his blood pressure rose – particularly concerning given he had a heart attack a year earlier.

He was also concerned about members of his staff who were verbally abused.

The offense is very similar to an assault for which Henderson was convicted in 2018.

According to a report published in the Chronicle of Wanganui of the sentencing hearing, he cut off the head of a staff member at a demolition site with a radiator hose.

Henderson also punched the staff member, cutting his lip.

In court Thursday, defense attorney Marina Anderson said Henderson self-referred to ManLine and was seeing a psychologist.

Henderson had a difficult upbringing that included physical abuse, as he suffered a brain injury in the 1990s in a motorcycle accident.

Judge Stephanie Edwards said Henderson was also convicted of misconduct involving a parking attendant, who he abused and drove his car after being fined $12.

But Henderson was doing a good job on an intensive supervision sentence and appeared committed to rehabilitation, the judge said.

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