Gang associates admit injuring with intent

Two more gang associates have pleaded guilty over a drunken street fight in central Dunedin that left a man with facial injuries.

Paora Tawhirimatea Grant (21) and Poutokomanawa Bubba Matiu Hapi (25) each pleaded guilty to injuring with intent to injure yesterday.

Hapi also admitted a count of assault.

The incident on June 25, happened outside the Dunedin Casino in Princes St, when the defendants - linked to Mangu Kaha Black Power - clashed with another group after an argument became heated.

Shakarna Renata Epere (23) and Keith Walter Harry Thomas (21) last week also pleaded guilty to injuring with intent to injure.

Epere admitted two additional charges of assault and Thomas one.

The court heard, the groups passed each other at 3.20am when words were exchanged from opposite sides of the street.

Hapi removed his shirt and acted in an ''aggressive and hostile manner'' towards the victims before retreating.

The animosity appeared to be cooling when Epere attacked.

She pushed one of the victims and continued to lunge at him while members of the public intervened.

Thomas then became involved, running across the road and adopting ''a fighting stance''.

After punching a man in the face and knocking him to the ground in the middle of the road, the defendants' group advanced.

Grant kicked one of the victims, on his hands and knees, ''football style'' in the head, knocking him unconscious.

Hapi then punched him in the head several times.

Matters only came to an end when people stepped in to keep the groups apart.

But Epere was angered by one outsider's intervention and chased him across the street along with Hapi.

After cornering him, they punched him, too.

Epere and Thomas were remanded on bail, while Hapi and Grant remain in custody.

The group will be sentenced in January.


 

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