Fireman serious after assault

A volunteer firefighter is in intensive care following an alleged assault that took place when he went to the aid of a group of young women in a house in Martinborough early yesterday.

Milton Haira, 25, unemployed, appeared in Masterton District Court this morning in relation to the incident which resulted in Peter Fisher, of Martinborough, being hospitalised

Haira did not enter a plea, and will be kept in custody, by consent, until his next court appearance.

Police said it appeared Mr Fisher had been called to the house by the group of teenagers there, mostly young women, after an unwelcome male visitor arrived.

The group were being supervised by adults and were not thought to be drinking alcohol, said Mr Murray.

An argument erupted and Haira then allegedly assaulted Mr Fisher, though police would not say whether a weapon had been used.

Mr Fisher remains in Wellington Hospital's intensive care unit where his condition was given as "serious but stable''.

- Wairarapa Times-Age


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