Ball and chain
Sunday 12 February 1995
On the day I was there, for example, 1,000 words were devoted to the case of the man wielding a baseball bat who chased another through the Awanui Hotel on the grounds that he was wearing a red jersey. Well, indeed, red can be a provoking shade - certainly the court took it all as a matter of course. The question then arose about his other weapons, which included an iron stave and a steel chain. The chain, the defendant testified, wasn't a chain at all, but a belt belonging to a friend. At this point the report becomes unclear, but it seems the prosecution riposted that it could not possibly be a belt: if it was, how could the owner have subsequently held up his trousers?
The friend then leapt to his feet and, with emotion, said that ever since that day he has had to wear tighter jeans. Which answer, the paper states cryptically, "provoked a testy response" from the judge. More next week.
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