Tourist cornered, hit with hammer

By Greymouth Star staff

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File photo / Thinkstock

A West Coast man who attacked an Australian tourist with a hammer during a road rage attack has been warned he faces jail time.

Hayden Christopher Greene, 38, and Michael Kevin Isabeth, 29, both of Karoro, admitted attacking Chehan Lasika Senasekera at Greymouth on December 13. Greene pleaded guilty to common assault and Isabeth to assault with intent to injure.

The Greymouth District Court heard that the pair had come up behind the victim's rental van while travelling from Hokitika to Greymouth.

Angered by the manner in which the rental was being driven they followed the van into central Greymouth, and ultimately up a dead end street.

Greene then ran to the van, wrenched open the door and started punching the driver about the head. When the tourist asked, "What have I done wrong?'' Greene said: "You nearly killed us''.

As Greene continued his attack, Isabeth struck the victim once with the hammer, leaving puncture wounds on his right hand, left forearm and right inner thigh with one strike.

Greene then delivered more punches, wrenched the keys from the ignition and threw them up the road before driving off.

The victim told police that the hammer used in the attack was covered in white powder.

When police located Greene's van the hammer, covered in white powder but with fresh blood on the head, was inside it.

Greene said in explanation that the whole incident was a blur because he went into a fit of rage.

Both men were remanded on bail for sentencing on May 9.

Judge Jane Farish told Isabeth: "Be prepared, you are more than likely to go to jail.''

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