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Kaukau attacker reprimanded by judge

Tue 13 Dec 2011 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Trevor Kaukau is still recovering from being king-hit on K' Rd The man who king-hit gay Auckland man Trevor Kaukau and left him unconscious on K' Rd has been given a severe telling off by an Auckland District Court judge, who is vowing to send him to jail. Sitaleki Langi Koloamatangi, 20, was due to be sentenced on the charge of injuring by an unlawful act, which he earlier pleaded guilty to on the back of an assertion from Judge Roy Wade that he would consider home detention. He was remanded on bail for a pre-sentence report and restorative justice report. However, the court was told Koloamatangi has breached bail five times, the most recent of which was to play rugby. He has also twice failed to appear at a meeting for a pre-sentence report, despite a probation officer turning up personally at his home to reschedule and remind him. A restorative justice report has not been written either, due to Koloamatangi's "attitude", Judge Wade said. The clearly unhappy judge denied the 20-year-old further bail, despite the upcoming holiday season, and remanded him in custody until February. "You couldn't even get out of bed to go to that interview," a clearly-irritated Judge Wade said in regards to Koloamatangi missing his meeting with a probation officer. "It's perfectly plain to me you will be imprisoned," Judge Wade added, saying it was clear Koloamatangi would be unwilling and incapable to comply with a community sentence. Judge Wade said if Koloamatangi was released on bail, "we'd never be able to sentence you because you'd never turn up for a pre-sentence report." It's now almost six months since Koloamatangi punched Trevor Kaukau in the chin outside a K' Rd nightclub. He'd gone outside for a smoke in the early hours of 25 June, when he met Kaukau, who hit on him and according to Judge Wade, made an "obscene suggestion" which Koloamatangi declined. The judge stated Koloamatangi hit Kaukau when he was propositioned again. The punch caused Kaukau to fall backwards and hit his head on the pavement, where he was left unconscious and bleeding from a head wound. Kaukau suffered brain damage and spent two weeks in an induced coma and had operations to relieve pressure on his brain, including one where part of his skull was removed. He continues to make slow progress in rehab. You can discuss this New Zealand gay community news story in the forum.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Tuesday, 13th December 2011 - 10:49am

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