Former radio DJ sentenced after assault

Last updated 12:30 12/02/2013
Iain Stables
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SENTENCED: Former radio DJ Iain Stables.

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Former radio DJ Iain Stables has been given community detention and community work for assaulting a man and damaging a car during a "violent tantrum".

Wellington District Court judge Denys Barry said Stables had become upset after his ex-girlfriend's family evicted him from a flat at their Seatoun home on March 20, 2011.

He punched the ex-girlfriend's brother who stepped in thinking Stables was going to punch his elderly father.

During the loud incident that drew the attention of neighbours, a trellis gate and a chair were broken before Stables left in his car, reversing twice into a family member's car before driving off.

He was found guilty of assault and pleaded guilty to a charge of intentional damage but was found not guilty by a jury of assaults on other family members.

Judge Barry also sentenced him on a set of charges, including assault, from Turangi after he and a couple of workers from a radio station went to a local hotel to demand money for an unpaid advertising bill in December 2011.

When the 63-year-old male owner tried to ask them to leave they decided to take a television and other electronic equipment.

The man was punched several times and fell to the ground. Police were called and Stables and the others waited for them to arrive.

Judge Barry said the other offenders had been given diversion.

The judge gave Stables four months community detention and 50 hours community work and ordered him to pay $619 in reparation.

He also remitted $3916 in outstanding fines which were mainly for vehicle infringements and ordered him to do another 40 hours community work.

Judge Barry said the Wellington victims had undoubtedly felt frightened and concerned for their safety during what had "all the hallmarks of a violent tantrum''.

He said there was a vindictiveness to it and Stables had been carried away by a fit of ill temper.

The judge said Stables could have had a medication imbalance that had compounded his response to the situation.

Stables has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Stables' lawyer Gretel Fairbrother said he was now seeing health professionals twice a week and his life was more structured.

He was working voluntarily for Ski FM.

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- The Dominion Post

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