Rampaging man attacks outside party
Hori approached the group and without warning punched the man with a closed fist. The defendant then hit him six to seven more times around the face.
The victim of an unprovoked street assault was punched with enough force that his tooth left a puncture wound on his tongue.
On October 14, Tuma Hori blindsided his male victim while he chatted with partygoers outside a Ha¯ wera, South Taranaki home by unleashing a punch to the side of his head.
The summary of facts said Hori had been at the Cameron St party, where he had been drinking alcohol, when the victim stopped outside the property about 10.15pm.
Hori approached the group and without warning punched the man with a closed fist.
The defendant then hit him six to seven more times around the face.
The victim tried to run away but lost his footing and fell to the ground.
While prone on the street, Hori showed no mercy and continued the attack, kicking the man around the chest and head about six times.
As the victim was lying in a foetal position on the ground, a woman who lived nearby came over and told Hori to leave the man alone.
‘‘The defendant has replied ‘no, I haven’t finished with him yet’,’’ the summary of facts stated.
The woman then told the assault victim to run away, which he managed to do.
After leaving the area to drop off a family member, the female returned to Cameron St to find Hori involved in a physical fight with her son.
She told Hori to leave several times but he repeatedly refused to do so before he pushed the woman about six times in the chest.
At this point, the woman went inside her house and picked up a baseball bat.
Holding the bat out in front of her, she again asked Hori to go away. At this point, the 23-year-old managed to get the baseball bat off the woman before turning his attention to a parked car.
He then smashed every window in the vehicle except for the windscreen.
After being medically assessed, the victim of the serious assault was found to have suffered a puncture wound to his tongue, which was caused by his tooth.
He suffered redness and swelling to his face and it was thought the man had also lost consciousness for a short time during the assault.
On Tuesday, Hori pleaded guilty to charges of injures with intent to injure, common assault and wilful damage.
He was remanded to re-appear for sentencing in the Ha¯ wera District Court on January 9 after a pre-sentence report was ordered. The case was also referred to restorative justice.