Man admits assault with a bottle

Last updated 05:00 27/06/2014

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A Waimate man who used a bottle as a weapon, leaving a hotel manager with a large cut to his head, has pleaded guilty to a charge in relation to the incident.

Justin Barry Gage, 34, of Waimate, admitted one count of assault with a weapon when he appeared before Judge Joanna Maze in the Timaru District Court yesterday.

Gage was asked to leave the Waimate Hotel by its manager on October 5, 2013.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Mike Wingfield said Gage took exception to the request and started "hurling" glass bottles behind the bar, where the manager was standing.

"One of those bottles has broken when the defendant threw it at the bar and a shard of glass struck the complainant on the head."

Gage then threw a bar stool, narrowly missing the complainant, before leaving the premises shouting obscenities.

The manager received a three centimetre gash to his head, which required medical attention.

Gage was convicted and remanded to reappear on September 18 for a pre-sentence report.

Other matters Louise Katrina Begg, 27, of Waimate; conversion of a motor vehicle - failed to appear, warrant to arrest.

Dustin Page Whakarau, 23, of Timaru; assaults female - failed to appear, warrant to arrest.

Stephen John Bedford, 50, of no fixed abode; arson (two charges), unlawfully getting into a caravan, theft - remanded in custody to appear on July 3.

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- The Timaru Herald

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