Justice of the Peace John Whitta gave Emerald George the benefit of doubt after he was convicted but ordered to come up for sentencing after 12 months.
Whitta warned him that if he committed another offence he would be sentenced on the new charge and resentenced for the common assault matter.
Co-offender Shivnesh Salveen was convicted and sentenced to 12-months’ probation supervision under the condition that he is not to consume alcohol. He must not enter any liquor- licensed premises unless for work purposes and must pay medical reparations for the victim.
The two admitted that on the early morning of October 22 this year they were involved in a fight in front of Raro Fried Chicken in Avarua.
JP Whitta said the pair were heading to Raro Fried Chicken from the On The Rocks bar when the first victim arrived and there had been tension between the victim and George.
A fight broke out with George throwing a punch at the first victim. The second victim joined the fight and Salveen got involved in punching both.
Whitta said both the accused, who represented themselves in court, did not want to reconsider their pleas. They had both apologised to the victims. He said the court did not consider imprisonment.
Police prosecutor senior sergeant Fairoa Tararo said the victim suffered from bruises and needed medical attention.
He said both had offenders had no prior convictions and recommended 12-months’ probation for Salveen, and a suspended sentence for George.
However, JP Whitta did not agree to the suspended sentence and said that because a trial on the same case was to take place soon, he would consider the police summary of facts as part of the sentencing, despite the two men disputing it.
The two were ordered to each pay $50 court costs.