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It might sound unlikely —
the victim of a “king hit” who
suffered life-threatening injuries
ends up incarcerated while his
attacker avoids jail time.
But that is exactly what
happened in the Auckland
District Court yesterday.
Napier labourer Mathew Papa,
22, was out drinking at Cassette
Nine on Auckland’s Vulcan Lane
on February 7 when he took
exception to another reveller’s
Papa blindsided the 25-year-
old victim with a punch to the
right side of his face, knocking
him unconscious on the dance
The DJ saw the fracas and
alerted the bar manager who in
turn told bouncers.
They followed the fleeing
offender down Q ueen Street and
got in touch with police who
were able to trace him via CCTV.
When officers caught up with
him, Papa was in a car park
trying to change out of his bloody
clothes in a bid to evade arrest.
Meanwhile, the victim was
being rushed to hospital with
Though police argued Papa
should be sentenced to a term
of imprisonment, Judge Russell
Collins decided that was unlikely
have a positive effect.
Despite two previous assaults
on his criminal record one
against police, Papa was given
320 hours’ community work and
18 months’ intensive super vision.
The twist came when defence
lawyer John Kovacevic spoke
about his client ’s efforts to
organise a restorative justice
It could not go ahead because
the victim was found to be an
overstayer and after recovering in
hospital, he was imprisoned, Mr
After the hearing police said
the victim was understood to still
be in the country but could not
be located to complete a victim
Judge Collins said the
sentencing had caused him “a
huge amount of concern” and he
was far from confident he was
applying the right sentence.
“As a father of three sons, one
of the greatest fears I had was
them being out at night and
being king hit in a cowardly and
thuggish way by someone like
you,” he said.
Nevertheless, the judge said he
could not ignore the fact Papa
had stable employment as a
driller and worked hard.
Judge Collins was keen to stress
the seriousness of the charge of
injuring by an unlawful act.
“ You caused bodily harm to
someone and if he had died,
you would have been guilty of
manslaughter,” he said. “ This was
a cowardly, brutal act. ”
Police said the victim made a
full recovery. — APNZ
‘King hit’ victim ends in
jail as attacker goes free
after crash cost
An Auckland courier driver whose
careless driving left a jogger’s leg almost
severed has been banned from driving
and ordered to pay her $6000.
The 58-year-old driver, named in
court documents only as Shaymvedh,
was driving his Courier Post truck
on Richmond Road in Grey Lynn in
The rear tray of the vehicle had just
been used to load the truck and though
Shaymvedh thought it had been retracted
by a remote control, it had not.
While making a left turn, the metal
platform pinned a young female jogger
against a wall, almost severing her leg.
After being rushed to hospital, the
Grey Lynn mother of two had her right
leg amputated below the knee.
The victim, whose name was
permanently suppressed by Judge
Philippa Cunningham in the Auckland
District Court yesterday afternoon, also
suffered a compound fracture of her left
thigh which required a titanium rod and
screws to be fixed inside it.
As well as the emotional harm
reparation, Shaymvedh was fined $250
and disqualified from driving for six
months. — APNZ
Driver hits house
after leaving pub
A driver turned right out of a pub car park
last night, drove 50m before running a red light,
crossing four lanes of traffic, and smashing into
a Christchurch house.
David Murphy had just been sitting on his
bed moments earlier.
A decision to drop into his local library before
it shut probably saved his life.
“ When I came back there was 30 people
looking at a car inside my flat,” the 52-year old
The driver, a man in his 50s, had been at
Coasters Tavern on Daniels Road in the
Redwood suburb of Christchurch before the
crash, witnesses told APNZ.
He appeared to have come out of the pub
car park, turned right on to Daniels Road, and
gone through a red, across four lanes of traffic,
narrowly missing a traffic light pole, a sturdy
tree, before scything through a hedge, across a
lawn, and into the weatherboard council flat.
The car had ploughed so deep into the house
that it had to be winched out before emergency
workers could try to free him.
The flat ’s wall had caved in, a large window
was smashed, and bedroom and adjoining
The driver was cut from the badly damaged
car by firefighters using the jaws of life.
He was taken to hospital with serious, but not
His passenger was “rather intoxicated”
according to a police officer at the scene.
However, he was unhurt.
In fact, once his mate had been cut free from
the wreck, the passenger, with the aid of a
walking stick, strolled back into the tavern.
When a police officer at the scene was asked if
alcohol played a factor in the crash, he replied:
“It ’s something we will be looking at.”
Mr Murphy, meanwhile, said he was “bloody
lucky” to be alive.
“I could’ve been sitting there. He’s hit it very
hard. He’s lucky to be alive too. ”
Mr Murphy said he would now have to phone
Christchurch City Council and seek alternative
“I can’t sleep in there.”
One neighbour said he was sitting in his
bedroom when he heard the sudden “ bang”.
“I just can’t understand how he’s managed it,”
Angela Howarth was driving to her home
nearby when she was nearly taken out by the
car. Mrs Howarth pulled over and phoned
emergency ser vices. A police spokesman said
they got the call at 7.37pm. — APNZ
The Greymouth Star congratulates Suzi Taylor who
has won the first of the two Shop in Your Town prizes
- a Stress-Free Chair and Storage Box from Y furniture
Greymouth. Her entry was placed at Network Photos.
Suzi Taylor is pictured with Brett Kokshoorn from
the Greymouth Star and Carol Elley from Y furniture
Greymouth. Carol says the promotion has been a great
success and entries have been strong. She says that
people are coming in because of the promotion and
are encouraged to spend, which is great at this time
of year. The Greymouth Star thanks everyone who
has entered the draw so far and encourages everyone
to keep shopping locally and go in the draw for our
second prize - an outdoor package from Mitre 10
Greymouth - that is running now until September 11.
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