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".
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