No pleas from fireman beating accused

Last updated 13:05 18/01/2013
Milton Haira
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Milton Haira is accused of attacking Martinborough fireman Peter Fisher.

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The man accused of the brutal bashing of a Martinborough fireman is still yet to enter pleas after a last-minute change of lawyer.

Milton Haira, 25, is charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, as well as assaulting four teenage girls and threatening to kill three of them.

Police have said volunteer fireman Peter Fisher had gone to eject Haira from a gathering of 14-year-olds in Martinborough on October 28, when he was allegedly attacked.

Mr Fisher suffered some brain damage and extensive fractures to his eye sockets, nose, cheeks and mouth, including a dislodged upper palate and three missing teeth.

Today Haira appeared briefly at Masterton District Court, where his lawyer Michael Bott said he had just taken over the case.

Haira was remanded in custody without plea by Judge Bruce Davidson, and will reappear in court next month.

Mr Fisher spent two months in Porirua's ABI Rehabilitation, a centre that provides rehabilitation services for people with traumatic brain injury or stroke.

He is now back home, and hopes to one day return to work, his father Brian said.

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