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Samurai Sword Victim Pleads Guilty To Crowbar Crime

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Wellington, Aug 14 NZPA - Samurai sword attack victim Matt Durham has admitted waving a crowbar at a group, including his alleged attacker.

Durham, 20, pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing an offensive weapon when he appeared in Palmerston North District Court yesterday, The Dominion Post reported.

The court was told between 30 and 40 people had been drinking at Durham's flat on the night of May 30, when a large group of Maori men arrived at the house.

Durham went outside and yelled racial abuse at them.

"The defendant took a 750-millimetre crowbar onto the street and confronted the group. He raised the crowbar above his head and encouraged them to fight," police prosecutor John Battersby said.

One of the group then slashed Durham's wrist, leaving his left hand dangling by just skin and tendons.

It was reattached at Hutt Hospital after 10-1/2 hours of microsurgery.

Durham also pleaded guilty to breaching his bail conditions by failing to appear in court last month.

Judge Gregory Ross remanded him on bail for sentencing on September 23 and warned him he faced community detention or jail.

"Both fines and community work appear to be locked out to him because of previous breaches of the latter and outstanding fines."

Durham's lawyer, Rana Waitai, said his client was defending his property.

The 16-year-old accused of slicing Durham's hand is due to reappear in Palmerston North District Court next Thursday.

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