Mountainbiker fined for assault
A 45-year-old man whose assault on a mountainbiker went viral on You Tube was fined $750 at Christchurch District Court today.
Aaron William Dalton was charged with assaulting Jordan Raymond Brizzell on April 8.
Defence counsel Jonathan Eaton said Dalton wanted to attend a restorative justice conference with Brizzell, but Brizzell did not want to attend.
Eaton handed Judge Emma Smith a letter from an expert mountainbiker on codes of conduct, and said Dalton had attended an anger management programme.
Eaton said Dalton had come from Queenstown to help with the earthquake recovery, and was doing what he loved for the first time in months out on his bike.
He was on a downhill track when Brizzell asked him to move over so he could pass. Dalton thought it was too dangerous, and did not stop.
When he got to the bottom of the track he was harassed by Brizzell, and Dalton pushed him. Brizzell said he had the incident on his helmet camera, and Dalton tried to take the camera off him by pushing him to the ground, and there was some rough and tumble.
Brizzell put the video of the fight on You Tube, asking people to identify Dalton, and the police later charged Dalton with assault.
Eaton said it was a "minor incident blown out of all proportion".
Judge Smith told Dalton his actions were silly, idiotic and not necessary.
She said when Dalton tried to get the camera off Brizzell he placed his hand over the victim's mouth to try to silence him. It was degrading, unnecessary and unwarranted, she said.
Brizzell bit Dalton's finger, and Dalton calmed down and apologised.
Brizzell's victim impact report said he had bruising, a sore neck, a scratch to his face, and cuts and grazes.
At Nga Hau e Wha marae, Judge Smith said she accepted Dalton's remorse, early guilty plea, and that he had done the anger management course, and fined him $750.