Another attack on police

Last updated 11:36 26/02/2013

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A 21-year-old Blenheim man who tried to attack police officers on Sunday and threatened to stab one in the face with a bottle had a history of repeatedly assaulting police, a judge says.

Petaia Samasoni, a vineyard worker of Redwoodtown, admitted charges of assaulting police, resisting police and disorderly behaviour, when he appeared in the Blenheim District Court yesterday. He was remanded for sentencing on April 8.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Graham Single said the incident happened at Rarangi after a member of the public reported a suspicious car. Police found three men including Samasoni drinking near the car but when police went to speak to them Samasoni became aggressive.

Samasoni told one officer he was going to smash a bottle and stab him in the face with it, and then pushed another officer and tried to hit him. He had to be pepper sprayed but continued to fight in the police car, spitting at and trying to bite one of the officers.

His aggression continued at the police station, Mr Single said.

Defence lawyer Philip Watson said Samasoni accepted what the police said but had very little memory of the day.

Judge Tony Zohrab said Samasoni had a significant history of violent offending including "repeatedly" assaulting police.

He had been given sentences of supervision and intensive supervision. Judge Zohrab ordered a pre-sentence report to include a drug and alcohol assessment.

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