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11.05AM: Kaukau attacker sentenced to 12mths jail

Tue 28 Feb 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Trevor Kaukau 11.05PM: The man who king-hit gay man Trevor Kaukau causing him to crash to the ground and sustain major brain damage has been sentenced to 12 months jail to be folllowed by six months of "stringent conditions." Sitaleki Langi Koloamatangi, 20, was propositioned by Kaukau on Karangahape Road, the centre of Auckland's gay community, in the early hours of June 25 last year. His violent response has left Kaukau brain-damaged and struggling to regain his faculties in a hospital recovery centre. Koloamatangi's lawyer applied for home detention but in applying a jail sentence the judge said he had taken into account the defendant's failure to comply with bail conditions and failure to appear for probation reports. The judge acknowledged that Koloamatangi had written a letter of remorse but described it as "too little, too late." The judge reminded Koloamatangi of the "devastating impact that one punch had in destroying a man's life." Koloamatangi remained unemotional throughout the sentencing and was supported by a large contingent of approximately twenty friends and family. You can discuss this New Zealand gay community news story in the Forum    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Tuesday, 28th February 2012 - 11:02am

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