Spectator fined for role in 'unsavoury' incident

Last updated 07:15 09/11/2012

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A man who became involved in an altercation at an under-15 rugby game and spat on the ground was this week told by a judge it was an unpleasant and unsavoury public incident ,which he should not have become involved in.

Hyrem Kimora Hikorangi Gage, 36, forest worker, appeared before Judge Michael Turner in Gore District Court yesterday and was fined $350 for behaving in a disorderly manner at Wyndham on July 21.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rob Mills said Gage was with his partner at a Menzies College and Southland Boys' High School under-15 rugby game supporting his son, who was playing.

An on-field incident occurred between players and Gage's partner, who was dealt with in an earlier court appearance, yelled abuse at the referee and was told by two spectators to settle down before she spat on one of their jackets.

Lawyer Bill Dawkins said Gage, who was not near his partner at the time, came and stood beside her and caught the tail end of what was going on and he spat on the ground and used a derogatory comment.

Mr Dawkins said Gage had not triggered the incident and should not have become involved.

Judge Turner said it was an unpleasant and unsavoury public incident, which Gage should not have become involved in.

"That it was at an under-15 rugby game makes matters worse."

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- The Southland Times

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