Man guilty of assault with baseball bat

Last updated 05:00 25/01/2013

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A jury has found a New Plymouth man guilty of bashing a younger man, aggravated burglary and assaulting him with a baseball bat.

Jason Eldershaw, 39, was remanded on bail for sentencing on April 13.

Judge Allan Roberts called for a full pre-sentence report.

After a three-day trial in the New Plymouth District Court, the jury returned with its verdict at midday yesterday after 2 hours deliberation.

The Crown case was that Eldershaw attacked Trinity Wilson, a passenger in a car outside Tui Dairy, on the evening of December 22, 2011.

Driver Kane Wilson, Trinity's younger brother, panicked and drove back to their Onslow Place house at speed, leaving Eldershaw stuck in the car with his legs dangling out.

His partner and two children chased after the car by foot.

On the roadside, Eldershaw was punched by the Wilson boys' father, Dave Wilson, and was left with a swollen eye and cut face.

He went home and returned to the Wilsons' house about a half an hour later and in the company of co-offender Kyle Yandle, 39.

Both men were armed with baseball bats.

Eldershaw, backed by Yandle, went into the Wilsons' house and on the deck Eldershaw hit Trinity Wilson on the head with his baseball bat.

Dave Wilson stepped in to protect his sons for the second time after Eldershaw put down the bat.

Eldershaw again ended up second best when a window was broken during the skirmish leaving Eldershaw with a cut hand.

Eldershaw called it quits and went home.

Eldershaw denied all three charges, saying he was the one who was assaulted and abducted by Trinity Wilson and accidentally hit his victim on the head with his bat while on the deck of the young man's home.

Yandle, who was charged as a party to the aggravated burglary and assault with a weapon, changed his plea to guilty on the second day of the three-day trial.

Yandle is to be sentenced on the same day as his associate.

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