Heterosexual panic destroys another homosexual life
Jail for K Rd assault: Remorse 'too little too late'
An Aucklander who left a man "severely brain damaged" after an assault on Karangahape Road has been jailed for a year.
Sitaleki Langi Kaloamatangi, 20, assaulted Trevor Kaukau in June last year.
His professed remorse was rejected by Judge Roy Wade who today said Kaloamatangi had breached bail four times since arrest.
"It was too little, too late," the judge said in the Auckland District Court.
Kaukau, 40, was found unconscious on Karangahape Rd at 5.45am on June 25.
He was placed in a drug-induced coma and underwent surgery to relieve swelling on his brain.
He has since emerged from the coma but was said by a police prosecutor to be "severely brain damaged".
A police prosecutor told the court Kaukau was a "community man" and "a good man who was committed to his family".
He said Kaloamatangi had not yet made a "sober assessment of his act" and the remorse he professed was too late in the piece.
Kaloamatangi's defence said he had been sexually propositioned and he "reacted badly".
I would have thought after 'Queer eye for the straight guy' went mainstream that it was impossible to feel heterosexual panic let alone use it as a defense for an assault that leaves a person brain damaged.