Charges arising from violent night admitted

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 22/02/2014

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A single punch felled a man, leaving him unconscious when he hit the concrete in central New Plymouth, a court has heard.

Murray Akuhata Parekura, 33, pleaded guilty to injuring a police dog, resisting police, common assault, and assault with intent to injure when he appeared in the New Plymouth District Court. The offending occurred in the city early on January 10.

The violent incident kicked off in Currie St when Parekura was walking towards Powderham St with a female.

Two brothers were walking behind him, on opposite sides of the street.

He turned and punched the first brother in the head, knocking him to the ground.

The victim hit his head and was unconscious for a time. Parekura stomped on his chest while the victim was still on the ground.

When the second brother ran across the road to assist, Parekura also punched him, knocking him down.

Parekura ran off through Huatoki walkway to Redcoat Ln.

When a police dog tracked him, Parekura took up a fighting stance, refusing to co-operate with police. He kicked the police dog several times and lunged at its police handler. He continued to struggle, despite being pepper-sprayed and having a Taser pointed at him. He was eventually handcuffed.

Both brothers suffered swollen lips, bruises and lumps.

Parekura's lawyer, Julian Hannam, said his client's issue was with alcohol, but it was to his advantage that he was employed. Since being remanded on bail, he had not been drinking, he said.

Parekura was remanded for a pre-sentence report, with sentencing set for March 20.

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