Face bones broken with drunken king hit

August 7, 2015 | By More

City Centre sign-01A 25-year-old has been jailed for 21 months for a surprise king hit in a central Christchurch street that put a 50-year-old man in hospital with a fractured eye socket.

The victim was told that his face would collapse if he did not have surgery to rebuild the broken bones.

The offender, Lee Cameron Rewa, had only three previous convictions for drink-driving and a breach of community work before the incident at 2.30am on December 13.

At the time it happened, he had just been sentenced and was about to begin a term of community detention for the last of the drink-driving convictions.

He was out in the central city with friends when he became heavily intoxicated, Christchurch District Court Judge Gary MacAskill related at Rewa’s sentencing on a charge of intentionally injuring his victim.

As he walked on Colombo Street, a man on the other side of the road yelled out, asking about which bars were open.

Rewa yelled an abusive reply, crossed to the man and delivered his king hit, punching him in the face without warning and knocking him unconscious. As he fell, the man struck his head on the concrete causing a cut that needed 12 stitches.

Rewa argued with friends of the victim at the scene and then fled, while the friends called 111.

The victim was hospitalised overnight with concussion and needed surgery within a few days to put in titanium mesh to repair the face fracture.

Judge MacAskill said Rewa had king hit his victim without warning and without provocation. The victim was caught by surprise and had no chance to defend himself.

He noted a reference from Rewa’s employer, and his letter of apology to the victim. He also noted that Rewa had not continued the attack after knocking the man down.

But he said the courts had to protect the public from random street violence. “This was serious violence, unprovoked and gratuitous, which caused serious injury.”

The level of violence meant he ruled out converting the sentence to home detention. “Citizens are entitled to walk the streets without fear of violence,” he said.

He jailed Rewa for 21 months with special release conditions for a further six months which will require him to attend an alcohol abuse treatment programme as directed.

He also ordered him to pay $1000 emotional harm reparations to the victim after his release.



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