Trevor Hall, the man who sexually abused a 7-year-old girl,
has been assaulted outside court.
A man wearing gang colours took it upon himself to dispense
street justice, and punched Hall in the mouth as he left the
Tauranga courthouse this morning.
Hall (59) was due to be sentenced in Tauranga District Court
on four charges of indecent assault on child, but after
hearing from the Crown prosecutor and Hall's legal counsel,
Judge Peter Rollo agreed to adjourn sentencing to December 17
to allow for more medical information to be obtained.
The judge requested a further medical report from Hall's GP
about his emphysema condition and his prognosis, and also
sought confirmation from prison authorities they will be able
to care for Hall if he was jailed.
Hall has also challenged some of the contents of the
pre-sentence report and the Crown is seeking an affidavit
from the report writer.
As Hall left the courthouse after Judge Rollo continued his
bail, a man who the Bay of Plenty Times understands was
seating in the public gallery during this morning's hearing,
punched Hall in the mouth then ran off.
Police were called to the courthouse by court security, and
officers were patrolling nearby streets looking for the
- Sandra Conchie of the Bay of Plenty Times