Gang associates plead guilty over Dunedin street fight

Two more gang associates have admitted their involvement in a drunken street fight in Dunedin's CBD which left a man with serious injuries.

Paora Tawhirimatea Grant (21) and Poutokomanawa Bubba Matiu Hapi (25) each pleaded guilty to injuring with intent to injure this afternoon.
Hapi also admitted a count of assault.

The incident on June 25, took place outside Dunedin's casino on Princes St when the defendants - linked to Mangu Kaha Black Power - attacked another group after an argument became heated.

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

Epere admitted two additional charges of assault and Thomas one.

The court heard, tensions reached boiling point at 3.20am when words were exchanged between the groups on opposite sides of the street.

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

The aggression 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 victim in the face and knocking him to the ground in the middle of the road, the defendants' group rush in.

The most serious part of the melee occurred when one of the victims ended up on his hands and knees.

Grant kicked him "football style" in the head, knocking him unconscious.

As the victim lay there, Hapi aimed several punches at his head.

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

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

Once they caught him, he too was punched in the head.

The victim who was kicked unconscious sustained two cracked teeth and required substantial dental work.

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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