Man who attacked car sentenced

Last updated 13:01 01/08/2014

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Anti-social and destructive behaviour has landed a Fairview man with a community work sentence and an order to pay reparation.

Tamati Hone McCallum, 21, a labourer, appeared in the Timaru District Court yesterday before Judge Joanna Maze on one charge of wilful damage.

The incident happened in October when McCallum and his associates were driving in North St, Timaru.

Sergeant Mike Wingfield said McCallum noticed a parked car outside a dairy on the opposite side of the road.

"The defendant did a U-turn and pulled up behind the complainants' vehicle. He then got out ... and began smashing up the complainants' vehicle."

McCallum punched and kicked the panels and windows, causing the glass to break and denting panels, Wingfield said.

He continuously made references to being aligned with the Mongrel Mob.

Judge Maze said he behaved impulsively and destructively.

"You led the victims to believe you were a member of the Mongrel Mob even though you are not a patched member," she said.

"Until you show a willingness to change, your penalty will have to be stiff."

McCallum was sentenced to 65 hours' community work and was also ordered to pay $1058 reparation.

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- The Timaru Herald

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