More serious charges laid over street brawl

Court House-Sept-2013-05More serious charges have been laid against young men allegedly involved in a street brawl in Dallington on November 1.

At the Christchurch District Court, Judge Tony Couch replaced the charges for two of the men.

Tabekka Whaanga, a 22-year-old market gardener, was originally charged with assault with intent to injure, and assault using pot plants and a PVC pipe as a weapon, but both charges were withdrawn today and replaced with two charges of injuring with intent to injure.

Caleb Whaanga, a 17-year-old market gardener, was originally charged with assault using a stick as a weapon, which was withdrawn and replaced with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Cameron Tony Meadows, 20, was charged after the incident with assault using a pot plant as a weapon. He was given a registrar’s remand today and did not appear in court but he is now facing two new charges of injuring with intent to injure.

All three men were remanded on bail to a Crown case review on February 16.

Taua McLean, a 19-year-old drainlayer, has been charged with intentionally injuring two people in the same incident and was given a registrar’s remand today to appear again on December 18.

Police allege there had been an alcohol-fuelled clash between feuding residents in Dallington where the men used pot plants, PVC pipe, and sticks as weapons.

The brawl allegedly started when members of a street gang thought they were disrespected by a group living nearby.

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