An Invercargill teenager has admitted repeatedly punching a man around the head, causing a chipped tooth.
Cory John Pile, 19, appeared before Judge Phillip Moran in Invercargill District Court last week for two charges of assault on August 11. He was remanded to November 16 for sentence.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Penny Stratford said Pile was in a vehicle with some friends when they stopped outside a house where the occupant was on the front lawn.
Pile headed towards him and elbowed him once in the face, she said. He then repeatedly punched the man around the head with such force he was knocked to the ground.
Pile told the victim not to contact police or he would be beaten up again, she said.
The man suffered substantial swelling, bruising, lacerations and a chipped tooth but Pile denied the offending when spoken to by police.
Pile's lawyer Hannah Cuthill said he had admitted that he was the main aggressor.
Alex Mataora Ngatae, 24, labourer, was remanded to November 16 for sentence for burglary on July 31 and assault on September 2.
Jesse Michael Cherri, 23, was remanded to November 23 for entering a building and remaining in it without authority and with intent to commit a crime in that building at Feilding on March 5.
Jordie Michael Kelly, 25, was remanded to October 17 after he admitted a burglary at Edendale on July 30.
John Rangi Heremaia, 36, sawmiller, was remanded to November 14 after he admitted threatening to injure with intent to intimidate on August 25.
Drink-driving Nathan Arama Mitchell Rerekura, 23, was fined $800 and disqualified from driving for nine months for driving with a blood alcohol level of 197 milligrams on July 7.
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