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Wellington, Oct 12 NZPA - A Porirua man sentenced to home detention after attacking a group of youths with a machete says he feared they were going to rob people.

Pita Rene said the youths were hanging around Porirua train station, harassing commuters and trying to sell drugs.

In April he decided to take action and, with his son, returned to the station armed with a machete.

His confrontation with the youths ended with one requiring stitches after being struck in the back of the head.

Rene told the Sunday Star-Times this week he thought the group were setting up a new youth gang in the city.

"They were fuelled upon alcohol and harassing commuters. I think they wanted to rob them."

After the attack Rene turned himself in to police and admitted the assault.

"The only way to beat a strong hand is to have a stronger hand," he told an officer.

He was sentenced to 14 months in prison but in the High Court last month won an appeal for home detention.

Rene had one previous conviction for another vigilante-type offence after someone assaulted his son.

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