Ram­pag­ing man at­tacks out­side party

Taranaki Daily News - - News - DEENA COSTER

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.

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