Thursday, September 30, 2010

NZ kebab shop owner guilty of assaulting wife, argues he was performing traditional dance


AFP - A Turkish immigrant who claimed he was performing a traditional dance with violent-looking moves as he beat his wife has been convicted of assault by a New Zealand judge.

Kebab shop owner Allaetin Can was arrested in August after a passer-by reported he was attacking his wife outside their takeaway in the North Island town of Hawera.

He denied the assault charge, arguing he and his wife were celebrating a profitable lunchtime's trade with a traditional dance called kolbasti, which features mock wrestling, hitting and kicking.

After last month ordering police to examine Can's claims, judge Allan Roberts described them as "nonsense" in a decision handed down on Wednesday.

"I reject the explanation as a lie," Roberts said, labelling Can "a manipulative, deceitful man".

Can was convicted of assault and ordered to pay $NZ1,500 ($A1,143.16) to a women's refuge.

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