A former cage fighter nicknamed ''The Animal'' has been
convicted of assaulting two men he claimed were having sex
with his former girlfriend.
Mixed martial artist Jason Patrick Smith (33), of Queenstown,
pleaded guilty in the Queenstown District Court yesterday to
two charges of assault with intent to injure.
Smith, of Fernhill, Queenstown, was convicted by Judge
Christina Cook and remanded on bail for sentencing on June
Prosecuting Sergeant Ian Collin said Smith had attacked the
two men at the Frankton Motor Camp on March 23 He had
returned home at about 9.30pm and heard his then girlfriend's
voice in the neighbouring caravan with the men.
Sgt Collin said Smith told police he ''heard his girlfriend
screaming for help from a nearby caravan and as he looked
through the window he observed his girlfriend engaged in some
activity with both of the victims''.
Smith burst into the caravan and approached one victim who
was sitting on the bed and punched him to the head and body,
Sgt Collin said.
''The victim curled into a ball and used his arms to protect
his head while the defendant continued to punch him 10 or 12
times forcibly to any exposed part of his body,'' Sgt Collin
When the other man attempted to intervene, he punched him to
the head and knocked him out cold.
Smith then left the caravan but returned moments later and
continued to rain blows down on both men.
The man who had tried to intervene had three upper teeth
knocked out, and one tooth chipped, and suffered bruising and
The other had multiple bruising and swelling to the body,
bruising to his temple, right ear and both forearms and has
soreness around the chest and stomach.
He also had a painful ear and is waiting for medical
treatment, to see if he has any serious injury.
The victims maintained they were drinking wine and watching
DVDs together with the defendant's girlfriend.
Solicitor Mike Newel, representing Smith, said: ''He thought
his girlfriend was being raped and that's the reason he got
involved and assaulted these men.''