Man on home detention

A 45-year-old Waitara man received a seven-month home detention sentence after bottling a man outside the town's Masonic Hotel.

Kelly James Yates, unemployed, admitted a reduced charge of assault with a weapon prior to trial last year. He had initially been charged with wounding with intent which carries a maximum 5-year prison term.

In the New Plymouth District Court yesterday Judge Allan Roberts sentenced Yates to home detention, 200 hours of community work, $1000 emotional harm reparation to go to his victim who suffered extensive facial injuries, treatment for substance abuse, and work and training skills programmes.

"If you put a foot wrong I'm going to pull the rug on you," the judge warned Yates, whom he described as having "abrasive character traits".

Reuters