Two brothers have been sent to jail following the severe bashing of a man at an Invercargill property over an alleged drug debt.
Judge David Holderness said the incident did not take place in the victim’s own home but that it was "akin to a home invasion".
He sentenced Jordan Enosa Fuatavai to 25 months' jail on charges of assault and wounding with intent to injure.
Jordan's brother, Kane Iana Fuatavai, who stood beside his sibling in the Invercargill District Court dock, was sentenced to 12 months' jail after admitting a charge of injuring with intent to injure by his actions in aiding his brother.
Judge Holderness said the two brothers and others were drinking outside the Elles Rd Property about 11.15pm on January 5.
The brothers went inside the house to get more drinks when they saw the victim asleep on the couch.
He was woken and asked to go across the road to another address but he refused, the judge said.
Jordan then asked the victim about an alleged drug debt, at which point the victim stood up and asked if Jordan had a problem.
Jordan replied that he did have a problem and punched the victim in the jaw, the judge said.
The victim's partner and a friend tried to intervene but Kane ''stood over'' the victim's friend and told him he would ''smash his face'' if he got involved.
Jordan dragged the victim from the room and outside to where the group was gathered, the judge said.
''The victim was dragged onto the driveway and beaten about the head.''
There was no suggestion that Kane was involved in the beating but he had helped his brother by preventing others from helping the victim, the judge said.
The brothers left the property and police arrived soon after to find someone trying to stop the bleeding with a towel.
The victim, who spent four nights in hospital, suffered multiple fractures to his left cheek bone and eye socket and multiple lacerations and severe bruising, Judge Holderness said. He required metal plates to repair the fractures.
The current condition of the victim was unknown as police had not been able to contact him and he had told a probation officer he did not want to discuss the matter.
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