An Opotiki man has been found not guilty of intentionally wounding another man with a machete.
Colin Tutbury, 66, is one of two men accused of a number of violent offences at a coastal Opotiki area including wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Tutbury was found guilty of the lesser charge of wounding with reckless disregard at the end of a one week trial in the High Court at Tauranga.
He appeared alongside Wayne Matchitt, 51, who also faced charges for similar violent offences.
In her opening earlier last week, Crown prosecutor Hayley Sheridan told the jury about an approach made by the accused on two fishers.
She says Matchitt and Tutbury accused the couple of trespass, desecrating the beach and made demands to see their catch.
The Crown says this approach was the catalyst to a number of other violence offences including a machete attack on local resident, Jeremy Johns.
According to the crown, Jeremy became involved in an altercation with the accused after his partner, Melissa Franklin, returned home having witnessed the approach on the two fishers.
“Melissa claims to have witnessed the altercation on the beach and to have approached the accused, and as a result was then physically assaulted, harassed and threatened with rape by the two men.
“After becoming aware of this, her partner Jeremy returned to the beach, where an altercation has then occurred.”
She says during the altercation, Tutbury presented a machete from his vehicle and struck Jeremy, causing a 10cm laceration to his arm.
He was found not guilty of common assault against Melissa Franklin.
Matchitt was found not guilty of common assault and threatening to kill in relation to this altercation.
Both men also face a number of charges related to the two fishers, Robert Pole and Tracy Gallagher.
“This interaction led to a number of acts of physical and verbal abuse, including the complainants being shoved, threatened with violence and victim to a number of racial slurs, on the basis that they were trespassers ‘desecrating private whenua,” says Hayley.
Both were found guilty of all charges relating to these victims including intimidation and assault with intent to injure, with two additional counts of threatening behaviour for Matchitt.
The men are set to appear in the Tauranga High Court for sentencing on February 2.