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Man must undergo anger management after sentencing for hitting teen with polo mallet

By Associated Press


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

The Maui News reported Thursday 58-year-old Wesley DeCoite was also sentenced to one-year probation. He pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of third-degree assault.

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

The assault took place last year during a cowboy polo match in Makawao. According to court records, witnesses reported that DeCoite was playing very aggressively on an opposing team from the boy.

The teen was struck repeatedly in the head and chest. His mother says 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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tsushimama wrote:
This isn't the first time DeCoite has hit a kid although it is the first time there has been serious injury. The victim in this case did not want to see DeCoite go to prison for an extended period of time because he was a "family friend" who had helped with horses. Decoite was already on probation for 10 years for a drug conviction. DeCoite had a number of letters of support from the community but this guy is trouble and needs more than anger management. DeCoite was given the opportunity to tell the court if he learned anything from this incident and it was clear he did not. Judge Cardoza was stuck with the plea agreement. DeCoite is fortunate that this kid had compassion because he should be in jail. Parents should be very wary of putting this guy with their kids.
on June 29,2012 | 10:39AM
olos73 wrote:
DeCoite said the "teen should have been wearing a helmet." Since when during a polo match you hit an opposing player repeatedly on the head? Once may be an accident, more than once is intentional. Besides anger management, he should see a shrink.
on June 29,2012 | 10:52AM
tsushimama wrote:
Well said! He just doesn't get it. He struck the kid multiple times and it occurred away from the action. Court records called it "deliberate". He certainly needs more than anger management.
on June 29,2012 | 11:10AM
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