Broadcaster sentenced for assault

Broadcaster Iain Stables has been sentenced to community detention for assaulting a hotel owner who owed his radio station money and for a "violent tantrum" in which he punched his ex-partner's brother.

The former radio shock jock was charged after a incident in March 2011 at the flat he shared with his then partner, Kimberley O'Hagan, at the front of her parents' Wellington property.

Stables flew into a rage after Ms O'Hagan's mother found damage at the flat and served him with an eviction notice.

A Wellington District Court jury last year found Stables not guilty of assaulting Ms O'Hagan's parents, Marianne and Robert O'Hagan, but found him guilty of punching her brother, Martin O'Hagan.

He also pleaded guilty to intentional damage of a car, which he repeatedly rammed with his four-wheel drive vehicle, and a trellis gate and a chair.

While awaiting sentencing on those charges, Stables pleaded guilty to assault and theft relating to another incident in which he demanded money from the owner of a Raetihi hotel.

The hotel had advertised with a local radio station which Stables was volunteering for, but had not paid its bill.

Stables and two other station employees went to the hotel to demand payment in December 2011.

When the woman at reception said they could not pay, her 63-year-old husband stepped in.

Stables and another man led the owner into a dining room and punched him, causing him to fall. They continued to punch him in the head and chest.

The owner suffered cuts to his mouth and forehead, a black eye and a cracked tooth.

Stables and the other man then took a plasma screen television, a Freeview decoder and a stereo system but left them outside the hotel, where they waited for police to arrive and arrest them.

Judge Denys Barry handed Stables identical concurrent sentences of four months of community detention and 50 hours of community service for each matter when he appeared in Wellington District Court this morning (Tue).

He was also ordered to pay $619 in reparation to the O'Hagans for the "violent tantrum" in which he damaged the car.

Judge Barry also ordered Stables to undertake a further 40 hours of community work for $3916.51 in outstanding fines, which related to previous motor vehicle offences,

Stables earlier faced a charge of disorderly behaviour in July 2011 in relation to an incident at Auckland Airport.

The charge was dropped after the other person involved - Jetstar contract worker Patrick Joseph Ulberg - was found not guilty of assault.

- Matthew Backhouse of APNZ

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