Nine charged after 18th birthday brawl

AMY MAAS
Last updated 05:01 06/12/2012

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Nine people have been charged over an out-of-control brawl at an 18th birthday party that resulted in one victim suffering two broken arms and a broken leg.

Emanuel Anthony Junior Gibson, 18, Robert Panga, 19, Kalem Troyton Ruka, 19, Nyland Kiria, 17, Ethan Matautia, 17, Bradley Fatuamaka, 19, Javeus Ruka, 18, Ariana Pirangi, 20 and Xodus Tavilinui-Vemoa, 19, all appeared at the Manukau District Court yesterday charged with taking part in a riot on October 7, in Wiri, South Auckland.

The group also face a variety of charges, including intent to injure, possession of offensive weapons, being part of a riot in which property was damaged and being part of a riot where violence was used against other people.

At least 20 people required hospital treatment following the fight between two rival youth gangs.

The party turned into a brawl after an uninvited group turned up at the workshop on Hobill Ave where 50-100 family and friends were celebrating.

About 12.45am one of the gatecrashers was punched by one of the guests resulting in "punches being thrown" by a number of people, a police spokeswoman said at the time.

"A huge brawl then began and weapons of opportunity were grabbed from the workshop and used including wrenches, lengths of timber, metal chair legs, metal bars and bottles."

Six people were taken to Middlemore Hospital by ambulance with a variety of injuries and a further 14 partygoers were treated there after being taken by car.

All nine of the accused have been remanded on bail until January.

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