Man con­victed of as­sault

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A Can­nons Creek man faces five years in prison af­ter bash­ing a stranger who in­sulted his sis­ter.

Un­em­ployed 22-year-old Roy Rotanny Tanapa was in Can­nons Creek Park at 1am on July 7 with his sis­ter and part­ner.

A man un­known to the group passed by and made a comment about Tanapa’s sis­ter.

Tanapa chased the man across War­spite Ave to the Can­nons Creek shops. He punched the man in the head and face five times, and when the man fell to the ground, kicked and hit him.

The man suf­fered a dis­lo­cated shoul­der and a frac­tured eye socket.

When found by po­lice that same night, Tanapa could only ex­plain that he was an­gry about the comment, po­lice prose­cu­tor Lucette Kuhn said at Porirua Dis­trict Court last Tues­day.

Tanapa’s lawyer, So­nia This­toll, ac­knowl­edged he was fac­ing time in jail for the at­tack, al­though she asked Judge Jan Kelly to con­sider home de­ten­tion. He was drunk when he at­tacked the stranger, she said.

Tanapa was con­victed of as­sault and re­leased on bail. He will be sen­tenced on Septem­ber 10.

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