Three more admit Riccarton bus lounge attack

November 14, 2016 | By More

RiccartonThree men have admitted taking part in an armed gang attack at the Riccarton bus lounge on March 17.

Police say five were involved in the attack, and four have now admitted their roles. One did not deny his role at a Youth Court appearance in June and is being dealt with in that court. The last one has denied the charge and is still to be dealt with in the Youth Court.

Three older offenders charged in the District Court appeared at a Crown case review hearing before Judge Jane Farish today and pleaded guilty to reduced charges of assault with intent to injure. They had previously been charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The judge remanded all three for sentencing on January 18.

Reggie Kenneth Roberts, 21, was remanded in custody and no assessment was sought of his suitability for a home detention sentence. Jahphire Tekouaterangi Travis, 19, and Nikora Lake Siaosi, 20, were both remanded on continued bail and home detention assessments were ordered as part of their pre-sentence reports.

The police say one of the group – who has pleaded not guilty – was armed with a tomahawk when the group ran along Division Street, Riccarton, towards the Metro Lounge about 6.50pm on March 17. Some of the group had their faces covered with red bandanas.

They went into the lounge where the victim was standing and started to assault him.

Roberts punched him first, and then Siaosi punched and kicked him in the head several times. Travis punched and kicked him in the head and the victim was then struck twice on the head with the back of the tomahawk by the fifth offender, police allege.

After the attack, the five ran back down Division Street and left in vehicles.

The victim had a cut to the head needing seven striches, grazing to his forehead and the bridge of his nose, a black eye, and three cracked ribs.

 

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