Mason Daniel Rudolph
The Southland Times, 13 February 2008,
AN INVERCARGILL man accused of hitting a man in the face with a glass at a city nightclub last year leftthe man requiring 86 stitches, a jury was told in the Invercargill District Court yesterday.
Mason Daniel Rudolph faces a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to AnthonySmith, and an alternative charge of wounding with intent to injure, after an incident at Tillerman's onFebruary 4 last year.
In her opening address, Crown solicitor Mary-Jane Thomas said Rudolph hit Mr Smith in the face after MrSmith told him the halloween-style mask he was wearing was ugly. Rudolph had smashed the glass onthe counter and, using the jagged edges, had shoved it into Mr Smith's face, she said.The jury could be confident Rudolph had intended to cause injury to Mr Smith, she said.Mr Smith said the blow had been "fairly hard" and had knocked him backwards. "I just remember getting asmack," he said.
The blow had left him needing 86 stitches, he said.However, defence counsel David Slater said Rudolph had not realised he had been carrying the glass atthe time, and the blow had been a "reactive" action.There was no intent to cause what had happened, he said.The trial, before Judge Kevin Phillips, is expected to finish today.
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Hit a man in the face with a glass at an Invercargill nightclub in February 2007, causing grevious bodily harm
Long criminal history including an attack on a taxi driver in 2002
Sentenced to 5 years in January 2008
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