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Sex offender punched in the face

By Sandra Conchie


Updated 5.05pm:

A 46-year-old Tauranga man has been arrested and charged with assaulting Trevor Hall, the convicted paedophile who sexually abused a 7-year-old girl.

Hall, 59, was due to be sentenced in Tauranga District Court this morning on four charges of indecent assault on a child, but Judge Peter Rollo adjourned the sentencing to December 17.

As Hall left the courthouse, on continued bail, a man punched Hall in the mouth then fled.

Tauranga police Senior Sergeant Rob Glencross told the Bay of Plenty Times that a 46-year-old man was arrested at 11.12am today and charged with assault.

The arrested man was remanded on police bail to appear in Tauranga Registrar's Court on Monday. No other details about the incident are available at this time.

 


Earlier:


Sentencing for Trevor Hall, the man who sexually abused a 7-year-old girl has been delayed.

But a man wearing gang colours took it into his own hands to dispense some street justice and punched Hall in the mouth as he left Tauranga courthouse this morning.

Hall, 59, was due to be sentenced in Tauranga District Court on four charges of indecent assault on child, but after hearing from the crown prosecutor, and Hall's legal counsel, Judge Peter Rollo agreed to adjourn sentencing to December 17.

He did so to allow for more medical information to be put before the court.

The judge requested a further medical report from Hall's doctor about his emphysema condition and prognosis. He also sought confirmation from prison authorities about whether they would be able to care for Hall if he was jailed.

Hall has also challenged some of the contents of the pre-sentence report and the crown is seeking an affidavit from the report writer.

As Hall left the court house on bail, a man who was seated in the public gallery during this morning's hearing, punched him in the mouth and ran off.

Police were called to the courthouse by court security and officers were patrolling nearby streets looking for the suspect.

 

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