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A man has described how he was punched and kicked in the face by a 15-year-old youth and two other young men after refusing to give the youth a cigarette.
Peter Garner told a Dunedin District Court jury yesterday he had just left the Clarendon Hotel and was getting into his car shortly before 1am on March 19 last year when the incident occurred.
The youth punched him several times in the face, mouth and nose before a second person joined in.
Both "laid into" him, punching and kicking him and forcing him from his car, Mr Garner said.
A third person also struck him and he heard two of his attackers say to "grab his wallet" before he was left bleeding on the street.
The attack broke his nose and left cheekbone, caused deep cuts requiring stitches to his forehead and under his left eye, chipped several teeth and left him with permanent nerve damage affecting his nose and teeth, Mr Garner told the jury.
His wallet was taken but later returned, minus more than $300 cash - including three $100 notes.
He did not know any of his attackers.
As a result of the incident, the driver of the car in which the three youths were passengers faces a charge of aggravated robbery as a party to the actions of the other three.
Michael Jason Kapa (33), unemployed, denies that with the 15-year-old and brothers Strados Rakete (then 18) and Jared Taueki (then 17) he robbed Mr Garner of his wallet and contents, including $340 in cash.
Brian Kilkelly and Jay Lovely represent Kapa, while Craig Power is prosecuting for the Crown in the trial expected to take two to three days before Judge Stephen O'Driscoll and a jury.
Two people on their way to the Clarendon soon after 1am on March 19 saw the blood-covered victim lying on the road, apparently unconscious.
They saw several males run to a dark-coloured, four-door Honda, which sped away up Maclaggan St, so they decided to follow it to try to get the number, Marc Mitchell and Courtney Torrance told the court.
They lost sight of it because it was going too fast.
Ms Torrance, who called emergency services, said she saw the other car's lights go off, but she saw something being thrown from one of the windows.
Automotive dismantler Corrie Carnahan said he noticed what he thought was a rubbish bag on the road as he drove down Maclaggan St.
Two people near the object moved quickly to a car, which was driven away when they saw him approaching, Mr Carnahan said.
The 15-year-old youth, who pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery last year, said he and the other three had been "having a few beers" with his father before they went to a bar in town.
Near the Clarendon he saw a man walking to his car, smoking a cigarette, so he asked Kapa to pull over so he could "get a smoke".
The man refused "so I punched him in the face" and kept punching him, the youth said.
He then kicked the man in the face -"I don't know how many times".
He thought Jared Taueki was also punching the man and asking him for his wallet, as was Strados Rakete, who joined in punching him and dragged him from his car.
Kapa drove them to Russell St, where they changed their clothes because there was blood on them.
On the way back to town in another car, Kapa was stopped by police for drink-driving, the youth said.
Evidence from police officers was there was blood spattered through the interior of Mr Garner's car.
And blood smears containing Mr Garner's DNA were found in the car Kapa had been driving, including on the dashboard to the right of the steering wheel.
Kapa was not located until about six weeks after the incident.