Basher ‘taunted and danced’ around unconscious victim

October 6, 2015 | By More

Court House-Sept-2013-08After bashing a 72-year-old man unconscious in New Brighton mall, Resham Toa Blake-Faatafa taunted and danced around his victim.

The 20-year-old told police he was angry after drinking with friends and “took out his anger” on the man he saw walking along Seaview Road.

Blake-Faatafa, of Avondale, was remanded in custody for Crown sentencing on November 4 after pleading guilty in the Christchurch District Court to two charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Police said the incident took place at 1.30am on July 15, when Blake-Faatafa followed the victim as he walked through the mall. He taunted him and then cornered him in a shop doorway.

He punched the man in the head, causing him to fall, and then kicked and stomped the victim to the head as he lay motionless on the ground. “During the assault the defendant taunted and danced around the victim,” the police said.

Blake-Faatafa then walked off along the mall and was seen to yell and make gestures at the victim.

Two minutes later he returned to the vicim who was still lying motionless and unconscious. He stomped on his head three more times.

The victim was hospitalised with severe head and facial injuries.

Blake-Faatafa was caught on the day of the bashing. He said he had become angry while drinking with friends taken out his anger on the victim. He recalled hitting and kicking him once but had no recollection of any other kicks.


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