Man fought law and law won

JIMMY ELLINGHAM
Last updated 12:00 19/12/2012

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A drunk Feilding man who broke a police officer's hand will serve a jail term after doubting his ability to cope with home detention.

In the early hours of January 24, police were called to a house in Pioneer Highway, Palmerston North. Darius Hoani, 30, was arrested there.

"You kicked out violently at the police officers. You were very intoxicated," Judge Les Atkins said in the Feilding District Court yesterday.

When a female constable tried to strap him into the patrol car, Hoani headbutted her. The constable fended him off but in doing so, her hand was broken.

Hoani continued his aggression.

"You did threaten one of the constables that you were going to smash his head through a window," Judge Atkins told him.

Defence lawyer Richard Bedford asked for Hoani to be spared a prison term, but Judge Atkins was concerned about Hoani telling a pre-sentence report writer he would not be able to do a long home-detention sentence.

As well as the January incident, on August 3 Hoani took a car from an associate as repayment for a debt.

He was jailed for eight months on one charge each of aggravated assault on police, hindering police and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.

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