Australia Day brawl lands Hamilton man in court

A HAMILTON man has been charged after an Australia Day brawl which resulted in man requiring stitches to his face.

A bail justice heard the 20-year-old went to his mother's home in King Street late Sunday afternoon, where a number of people were drinking alcohol and an altercation turned physical.

One man suffered facial injuries. He sough medical assistance and received stitches.

The 20-year-old, who was already on bail for other offences, appeared before a bail justice on Sunday night and was further bailed to appear in the Hamilton Magistrates Court.

He has been charged with affray, behaving in a riotous manner, recklessly causing injury and unlawful assault.

The bail justice heard there were four people at the King Street home when the alleged victim and his female partner arrived.

A dispute developed between the accused and the alleged victim which led to a push and shove.

The dispute turned physical and the alleged victim is alleged to have thrown punches at the accused, who punched him back.

They wrestled and ended up on the ground.

The accused and the alleged victim's partner where then involved in an altercation and another man is alleged to have been hit from behind.

The accused is then claimed to have pulled the alleged victim to the ground and kicked him three times to ribs.

Neighbours from two addresses intervened after being alerted to the situation by yelling and screaming.

Hamilton Sergeant Paul Stanhope said police inquiries were continuing and he requested anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Hamilton police station.

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