Charges dropped against teens

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Charges against two of six people alleged to have been involved in an assault on a man in a Napier street early last New Year's Day have been dropped.

Vincent Ricki Evan Hajnal-Huata, 18, and Hayden Jacob Thornton, 19, both of Raupunga, were both cleared when Judge Geoff Rea was told in Napier District Court yesterday that the Crown would not be proceeding with the charges.

Successful applications were made by lawyers Russell Fairbrother and Amit Malik for the pair to be discharged.

Judge Rea was told by solicitor Roger Phillip a similar application would be made on behalf of Justin Michael Niblett, 20, who was not present in court.

He is to reappear on December 3.

Mr Fairbrother said later there was "no indictment, therefore no evidence" that his client had "even been there".

Charges against three juveniles are expected to go ahead, with a Youth Court hearing scheduled for March.

The group, all from Raupunga, were arrested in July and charged with offences including wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years' jail.

The arrests followed a six-month inquiry into an incident which resulted in serious injuries to Napier man Luke Brown, who was 24 at the time.

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