One of two men accused of assaulting Justin Marshall
claims the ex-All Black threw the first punch - but Marshall
says he's not to blame.
Two Christchurch men, Adam David Kearns (23) and Tai Samuel
Neilson (25), have been charged with assaulting Mr Marshall
with intent to injure him after an incident outside a
Queenstown strip club on Good Friday, APNZ reported.
Mr Marshall, speaking to Mountain Scene yesterday before the
case was due to come up in the Queenstown District Court,
said: ''Basically, what happened, it's not my fault. I'm
simply a victim, but probably as a victim no-one gives a toss
about [publicising] the victim until you've got a name like
Kearns, speaking to Radio New Zealand last night, claimed
Marshall threw the first punch.
''I was out for my birthday, he got cheeky and it went from
there,'' Kearns alleged.
''It was a tit-for-tat situation. It wasn't just me. Just
because he's got a big name doesn't mean he should get off
scot-free for throwing the first hit, you know,'' he said.
Radio New Zealand: ''So [Mr Marshall] punched you?''Kearns:
''Yes, course he punched me. I punched him as well.''
Mr Marshall, now a Sky rugby commentator who played 81 All
Black tests at halfback, would not discuss the matter further
yesterday morning, saying he wanted name suppression.
Court registrar Fiona Hutchins declined his name suppression
bid and granted bail to the two accused. Kearns and Neilson
must reside at their home addresses and observe a curfew
between 9pm and 6am daily.
They are scheduled to appear in the Queenstown District Court
to enter pleas on May 19.
No further details of the alleged Good Friday incident were
revealed in court.
Radio New Zealand also reported Kearns is the son of Helen
Milner, who was imprisoned last year for murdering her
husband, Philip Nisbet.
Kearns gave evidence in court against his mother and is now
suing her for $60,000 for attempting to frame him.
- By Ryan Keen