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Makawao polo mallet attacker headed for anger management classes

July 12, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Associated Press - A Maui man must undergo anger management for splitting a teen's head open with a mallet during a polo match.

Wesley DeCoite, 58, pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of third-degree assault. He also was sentenced to one-year probation.

Deputy Prosecutor Kerry Glen said the 16-year-old victim didn't want to see DeCoite serve time behind bars.

The assault took place last year during a paniolo polo match in Makawao. According to court records, witnesses reported that DeCoite was playing very aggressively. The teen on the opposing team was struck repeatedly in the head and chest. His mother said his head was split open, requiring stitches.

DeCoite apologized in court but said the teen should have been wearing a helmet.



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