The former head of security at Rotorua's Heaven & Hell nightclub has admitted beating up one of its owners.
Andrew David Donaldson, 27, pleaded guilty in Rotorua District Court yesterday to a charge of injuring with intent to injure Pato Alvarez.
According to the police summary of facts Donaldson, by then an ex-employee, was at the nightclub about 2am on January 1.
While Mr Alvarez was having a conversation with an employee, Donaldson punched him in the right side of the face and knocked him to the ground.
Donaldson then punched and kicked Mr Alvarez on the ground while he tried to protect himself by covering his head with his arms.
Mr Alvarez suffered bruising around his right eye and forehead, a chipped tooth and various cuts, grazing and marks to his body.
Donaldson told police he had been defending a DJ, the summary said.
Judge Maree Mackenzie remanded Donaldson on bail for sentencing on May 30.By Katie Holland of the Daily Post