April 09, 2009

Public helped catch teen after Gore Bay bottling

Members of the public helped to catch Desmond Steven Ngawhare after the 18-year-old bottled a man at the Gore Bay Motor Camp in North Canterbury early on New Year’s day.

He is now in custody for sentence on May 29 for the ugly incident that left his victim with 10 stitches.

Ngawhare swaggered from the dock after entering his guilty plea to the charge of wounding with intent to injure, at the Christchurch District Court today.

Judge Christopher Somerville remanded him for a pre-sentence report with an assessment of his suitability for home or community detention.

The police say the incident happened as Ngawhare and his associates walked past another group at the motor camp at 2am.

One of the bottling victim’s friends said he recognised Ngawhare from a previous occasion and one of Ngawhare’s associates knocked the friend unconscious.

Ngawhare then smashed a full 1.5 litre bottle of bourbon he was carrying across the head of the victim.

“The bottle broke on impact, cutting the victim’s scalp, earlobe, and an artery in the neck. The injuries required 10 stitches,” the police said.

Later, when approached by the police, Ngawhare refused to co-operate the ran off. He was caught with the help of members of the public.

Police say he resisted arrest, kicked out at a constable after being handcuffed, and threatened to fight the constable if he ever saw him on the street.