The Taupo shopkeeper who fell victim to an acid attack is still waiting for an apology from the man who caused thousands of dollars of damage to his Heuheu St store.
Richard Ian Powell, 46, owner of BJammin surf clothing shop, filled a syringe with battery acid and sprayed it through a gap in the front doors of rival store Addiction Surf and Skate in April. His attack caused more than $40,000 of damage to store fittings and stock, and the store had to close for a day.
Mr Powell appeared in the Taupo District Court on Tuesday where he was sentenced to six months community detention, 200 hours community work and ordered to pay $500 reparation to Addiction owner Kelvin Clark.
While Powell admitted through his lawyer in court that he had made an embarrassing mistake, Mr Clark said he would like to see Powell apologise for his actions.
"We still haven't had an apology or seen any remorse from him," Mr Clark said. "That was what we really wanted. Insurance will pay for the damage but an apology would have helped us a lot to move on from this."
Mr Clark said he has had a lot of support from the local community and other retailers in Taupo's surf and skate shop business since the attack.
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