Roundhouse kicks fly at burger joint
While most visits to a McDonald's drive-through end with a burger and fries, a trip there by a Feilding man ended with him throwing roundhouse kicks at another patron.
Police were called to the fast food resturant in Feilding on March 9, where two men were said to be fighting, prosecutor Chris Whitmore told Feilding District Court yesterday.
When police arrived, they saw labourer Chey Thomas Matiu Tama Roa Peters, 24, standing in a fighting stance in the car park.
Even though police were there, Peters chased after a man and "was kicking the other man in a roundhouse style'', Mr Whitmore said.
When police restrained him, Peters said he was sticking up for his friend.
Some bystanders tried to break up the fight, and suffered minor grazes in the process.
Defence lawyer Jacinda Younger said Peters, who pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly behaviour likely to turn violent, had been drinking and was driven to McDonald's by a friend to pick up his girlfriend.
The car went into the drive-through, and Peters was speaking "cheekily'' into the speaker box, which upset someone in the car behind, Ms Younger said.
The occupants of the two cars began verbally abusing each other. Peters and a man in the other car then got out of their vehicles.
Judge Gerard Lynch said Peters was "clearly amped up'' for a fight.
"You were determined to get this other chap, even though there were police there.''
The charge was suitable, he said, as it was unclear if any of the kicks landed, but he was critical of Peters' behaviour.
"People should be able to go to places like McDonald's without seeing this kind of violence erupting in front of their eyes.''
Peters was sentenced to 40 hours' community work and nine months' supervision.
Ms Younger said Peters, who has a 1-year-old son, had a list of convictions that ``all have a flavour of alcohol and drug issues''.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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