Home detention for Marshall's attacker

Last updated 10:34 21/08/2014
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A 25-year-old has acknowledged that his Queenstown assault on former All Black Justin Marshall was "disgraceful, idiotic" behaviour.

Five months' home detention was yesterday imposed on Tai Samuel Neilson at his Christchurch District Court sentencing.

Marshall was injured in the April 18 attack that involved punching, kicking and stomping.

Neilson jumped in the air to stomp on the victim as he lay curled up to protect himself. The other alleged attacker, Adam Kearns, 23, is pleading not guilty and the case is heading for trial.

Neilson pleaded guilty to the charge of assault with intent to injure in the Christchurch court on June 9.

The pre-sentence report described the issues involved as "alcohol, peer influence and a propensity for violence".

Defence counsel Josh Lucas said Neilson acknowledged the offending was disgraceful and idiotic. The attack happened after Neilson and a friend had been drinking at Queenstown's Club 88 strip club.

Marshall was assaulted as he came out of a convenience store nearby, with a steak pie.

Judge Tony Couch said: "We can't have a society in which this sort of violence simply occurs without warning in the streets."

Marshall had been left with bruising to his back, head and body, lacerations, and a contusion below his left eye.

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- The Southland Times

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