Birthday party brawler pleads guilty

AMY MAAS
Last updated 05:00 17/01/2013

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A man charged over an out-of-control brawl at an 18th birthday party which resulted in one victim suffering two broken arms and a broken leg has pleaded guilty.

Kalem Troyton Ruka, 19, appeared at the Manukau District Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to charges of being part of a riot and being part of a riot where violence was used.

At least 20 people required hospital treatment following the fight between two rival youth gangs on October 7, 2012.

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.

Ruka was charged alongside eight others - Emanuel Anthony Junior Gibson, 18, Robert Panga, 19, Nyland Kiria, 17, Ethan Matautia, 17, Bradley Fatuamaka, 19, Javeus Ruka, 18, Ariana Pirangi, 20 and Xodus Tavilinui-Vemoa, 19.

The group face a variety of charges, including intent to injure and possession of offensive weapons.

Ruka has been remanded on bail until he is sentenced in March.

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