Broken bones in bus stop bashing

A 30-year-old man admitted causing broken bones by punching his victim repeatedly while he lay on the ground at a bus stop on Pages Road, Christchurch.

On November 29, James Ian Norman Bisset, with two associates, approached the man, who turned to walk away.

Bisset punched him in the back of the head, and he fell to the ground unconscious. Bisset knelt beside him and punched him six times in the head, then tried to stand him up.

The victim’s jaw was fractured in three places and required surgical placement of titanium plates and screws. He also had bruising and swelling to the head.

Bisset told the police that he had punched the victim six times in the head as he lay on the ground because he had threatened his family.

In the Christchurch District Court Judge David Saunders accepted Bisset’s guilty plea to the charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and remanded him on bail for sentencing on October 3.

Bisset’s defence counsel Andrew McCormick said Bisset was working and would have funds available at the sentencing to pay emotional harm reparations.

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