Sen­tence fol­lows racial at­tack

Central Otago Mirror - - FOOD FOR THOUGHT -

HAMISH MCNEILLY

A Good Sa­mar­i­tan was kicked and punched to the ground by three ‘‘drunken, ar­ro­gant and vi­o­lent men’’ in a racially-fu­elled at­tack at Puz­zling World, in Wanaka.

Teenagers Tay­lor Wil­liam Meikle, 18, and Sheri­dan Christo­pher Foot, of Dunedin, ap­peared for sen­tenc­ing be­fore Judge Kevin Phillips in the Dunedin Dis­trict Court last week.

The pair were in­volved in an at­tack on an Aus­tralian tourist, who was hol­i­day­ing in New Zealand with his wife and three young chil­dren.

A third per­son has pleaded not-guilty over the in­ci­dent.

The Dunedin trio had at­tended a car show on the week­end of Jan­uary 20, on the af­ter­noon of the as­sault.

It started with Meikle hurl­ing abuse at an In­dian man and his 5-year-old daugh­ter and ended with the pair punch­ing and hit­ting an Aus­tralian man who came to help.

The man’s wife and child tried to in­ter­vene but Meikle pulled the wo­man back.

Foot’s sen­tenc­ing was de­layed in or­der for him to find a suit­able home de­ten­tion ad­dress.

Meikle had pleaded guilty to in­jur­ing with in­tent, threat­en­ing lan­guage and as­sault and was sen­tenced to eight months’ home de­ten­tion and 200 com­mu­nity ser­vice hours.

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