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Attacker's father apologises for attack on gay man

Wed 29 Feb 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News

Trevor Kaukau The father of the man found guilty of attacking gay man Trevor Kaukau leaving him permanently brain damaged has apologised for his son's actions. Sitaleki Langi Koloamatangi, 20, was yesterday sentenced to one year's jail for the assault which occurred on Auckland's gay 'main street', Karangahape Road, in the early hours of June 25th after Kaukau, 43, had propositioned him. Sosaia Kolomatangi says his family accepts that what his son did was wrong and accepts the sentence. "We want to say sorry to Trevor. We know that he won't be the same as before and we want to apologise to his family for the hard tyoime that they've been through," he has told a NZ Herald reporter, who says the father struggled to fight back tears as he spoke. "We pray for Trevor every night... we know what his family's going through. The judge has stopped us from seeing the victim's family but we still wanted to see them to say sorry." He says his son is also "very sorry" for what he did, although the judge referred to the attacker's letter of remorse as "too little, too late." You can discuss this New Zealand gay community news story in the Forum.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Wednesday, 29th February 2012 - 7:09pm

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