Man admits assault

A 29-year-old Invercargill labourer punched a man who asked him to turn music down, the Invercargill District Court was told.

Michael James Stewart appeared before Judge Christina Cook today and admitted an assault on September 18. He was remanded on bail to February 11 for sentence.

The court was told the male victim was at home with his partner and two young children when he walked to a neighbouring property and asked the occupants to turn the music down.

Stewart, who was at the house, verbally abused the man telling him the music would not wake up his children before punching him in the face causing his nose to break and bleed, the court was told.

The man returned home and Stewart arrived to apologise to him.

When spoken to by police he admitted punching the man and said he did not know why he did it but he was intoxicated.

He regretted his actions and was remorseful.

The Southland Times