A deaf Westport man stomped on a dog and stabbed a mattress
after someone refused to fight him.
Darren Michael Roberts, 47, appeared in Westport District
Court yesterday assisted by a New Zealand sign language
He pleaded guilty to charges of ill-treating animals and
behaving threateningly, and a charge reduced from possession
of an offensive weapon to wilful damage.
Police prosecutor Steven Greer said Roberts was intoxicated
when he tried to entice the fight at a Westport address on
He put up his fists but the victim, who was familiar with
sign language, signalled that he was not interested.
Roberts continued to seek a fight.
The victim left and pretended to go to sleep but Roberts
followed him to his room with a bamboo stick. He hit the door
several times until it opened.
When the victim still refused to fight he dropped the stick
and walked away.
The victim left and called the police. When they arrived they
saw Roberts stomping on a pitbull cross dog and pulled him
He was released on bail but returned home the next day, threw
property around and stabbed a mattress valued at $100
belonging to the victim.
Defending, Ian Miller said Roberts would benefit from a
supervision sentence with anger management. He had previously
been sentenced to supervision but not anger management.
Judge Jane McMeeken said she was concerned about Roberts'
list of convictions. He couldn't keep behaving aggressively
or he would end up in prison and she didn't think that would
be a good place for him.
She adjourned matters for a full report that would look at a
- by the Westport News