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Monday, February 25, 2013
Promising league player admits charge of viciously bashing a Wellington man...
Former Penrith under-20 player Ioritana Tuau has admitted a charge he bashed Robert Bryden so viciously that he may never recover. Tuau may never play league again at a high level...
A promising rugby league player has admitted attacking a Wellington man so viciously he may never fully recover.
Ioritana Tuau, of Tokoroa, admitted a charge of wounding Robert Bryden with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm when he appeared in the High Court at Rotorua on Tuesday.
Tuau, 22, appeared in the dock holding a Bible and later outside the court the dozen Pacific Islanders who'd supported him gathered in prayer.
Tuau has been on bail since he was charged with the September 2011 attack on Mr Bryden in central Wellington.
Justice Pamela Andrews extended this after being told Tuau's partner had given birth two days ago and family he hadn't seen for years were coming to New Zealand to support him.
The summary of facts says Tuau, Mr Bryden and mates of both had become involved in a confrontation that led to Tuau stomping on Mr Bryden's head and kicking his legs.
It said that each time a kick connected with the victim's head it hit a concrete barrier, making a thudding noise.
Mr Bryden lost consciousness and it was only after a member of the public intervened that Tuau stopped.
He ran off but gave himself up to Lower Hutt police six days later, claiming he'd blacked out immediately before the "altercation" and couldn't remember what happened.
Mr Bryden spent a lengthy period in Wellington Hospital's intensive care unit, including several days on a ventilator, and was later admitted to a brain injury rehab unit. It has been reported he may never fully recover.
Tuau was remanded on temporary bail until March 11 to be sentenced in the High Court at Wellington on April 8.
Tuau played in the NRL under-20 competition in Australia for the Penrith Panthers in 2009 and 2010 and played for Te Aroha Eels of Lower Hutt, which won the Wellington premier rugby league competition the year Mr Bryden was attacked. Probably won't be playing for them again.