1491871412354 - Man granted bail on courtroom bashing charge

Man granted bail on courtroom bashing charge

A man charged with bashing a witness in a court hearing has been released from custody at the Christchurch Court House.

Police did not oppose bail for Regan John Clunie, a 19-year-old scaffolder, who was arrested after the incident in Christchurch’s main High Court room on Monday afternoon.

He entered no pleas to three charges – assaulting a man who had given evidence with intent to injure, wounding a woman with reckless disregard for safety, and assaulting a court security officer.

The incident happened during a break in a disputed facts hearing involving a Rebels gang member charged with a home invasion in which a man was badly bashed.

The victim had given evidence during the morning and was sitting in the court’s public seating later in the day. Clunie allegedly attacked him, throwing several punches, after a brief exchange of comments.

The woman injured was sitting next to the man as the assault took place and it was believed her arm was broken.

The security officer intervened, shoved Clunie against the wall and handcuffed him.

An ambulance then called at the Court House to take the man and woman to the hospital. The man left a trail of blood behind as he left the courtroom, before Clunie was arrested and taken into custody overnight.

He was remanded by a registrar without an appearance before a judge or community magistrate on Tuesday, and would next appear in court on May 2.

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