Club owner assaulted with barstool

23:40, Aug 19 2013

A Southland builder hit the owner of an Invercargill nightclub owner with a bar stool, the Invercargill District Court was told today.

Regan Michael Howley, 29, was remanded until October 4 for sentence.

The court was told Howley hit the owner of the Vinyl Bar twice with a barstool on May 11.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Glenn McMurdo said Howley's wife had had words with the nightclub owner and Howley reacted. He picked up a bar stool and hit the nightclub owner twice, the court was told.

The victim suffered bruising to his arm and the back of his head, Mr McMurdo said.

Howley had expressed remorse and regretted his actions and said he had been intoxicated, Mr McMurdo said.

Judge Christopher Somerville said violence such as that displayed by Howley was how people ended up dead.

''Alcohol, high emotions, intoxication and a bang to the head.''

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