A Christchurch man who assaulted disgraced religious leader Graham Capill has been sentenced to two years in jail.
Daniel Andrew McNally was in court last month when Capill, former leader of the Christian Heritage Party, appeared on a charge of indecent assault on a girl under 12.
Judge David Saunders said after McNally overheard a conversation about Capill, he waited outside for him to leave and then attacked him. The judge said imprisonment was the only option because of McNally's history of violent offending and the fact he was on bail when the incident occurred.
McNally's lawyer said his client was truly remorseful and asked for restorative justice, which was declined. But Rupert Glover said the two-year jail term is appropriate and the sentence is fair.
was given leave to apply for home detention.