Noise row ends in work order

By Anna Ferrick

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A man who brandished a large piece of burning wood at police officers at his house to seize a stereo ended up smashing the stereo himself and was Tasered.

The man, Thomas Turetangato Kara, 32, appeared in Napier District Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to charges of possessing an offensive weapon and resisting police.

A police summary of facts said Kara was at a property in Pirimai on September 7 when police were called to assist noise control in seizing a stereo from the address.

Upon their arrival Kara started abusing the police officers present, yelling and swearing. He then walked into the shed and picked up the stereo before smashing it on the ground.

He then became more agitated when police arrested a female party-goer for slamming a gate on them.

Kara walked over to where there was a brazier fire going and picked up a large piece of burning wood. He approached the officers brandishing the piece of wood in a threatening manner and stating his intention to harm the officers.

As he got nearer he threw the piece of wood on the ground at his feet.

Kara was told by police that he was under arrest, but he ignored them and continued swearing. He headed back to the brazier and was presented with a Taser by police. However, this did not dissuade him and he went to pick up another piece of wood before being Tasered.

His lawyer, Phil Jensen, said his client had been severely punished at home and was ashamed of his actions.

Judge Anne-Marie Skellern said the behaviour was too outrageous to be dealt with by anything less than community work, and ordered him to complete 100 hours.

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