Community service for assault with a pool cue
Outraged that someone was fixing their car in front of his house, a Palmerston North sickness beneficiary stormed outside armed with a pool cue.
The Charwell Pl fracas happened about 11.30am on September 23 when Robert Rua Williams, 49, was playing pool inside.
Williams called out of his window to the victim to pick up his gear and go somewhere else, police prosecutor Shelley Watson-Hughes told Palmerston North District Court yesterday.
Once outside, Williams struck the victim three or four times in the arm but did not cause any injury.
He later apologised.
Representing himself, he said: “I believe I was taunted and that's all I've got to say about it . . . I should have stayed inside.”
He accused the victim of being a criminal who sold methamphetamine and methadone.
Judge Gregory Ross noted Williams' remorse.
“You clearly made your point. That's the wrong way to solve issues of this kind.”
Williams was sentenced to 50 hours' community work on a common assault charge.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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