The 38-year-old victim, who was also drunk, had been making "sarcastic and demeaning" comments to Lodge throughout the night. As soon as it became clear the defendant was going to react angrily, the victim pinned him to the ground. He told his girlfriend he was going to "get" the man and did not care there were children in his house. So the defendant smashed his window, grabbed an extendible baton and ran into the night. Mrs Stevens said her client was a young man who could be rehabilitated and urged the imposition of home detention.
Source: Otago Daily Times February 21, 2020 14:15 UTC