Koby Abberton Released After Short Stay In Hawaiian Jail

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Bra Boy leader Koby Abberton’s attack on an off-duty policeman left the officer unable to open his eyes for days.

This is the first photograph published of the injuries suffered by harbour police officer Richard Puu after he was bashed by Abberton in a drunken attack.

Abberton, 30, will be free today after spending two nights in a Hawaiian jail following his no-contest plea to the shocking attack, which took place outside a Honolulu bar when Mr Puu, 27, tried to break up a fight.

District Judge Ray Graulty sentenced Abberton to three days in the Oahu Community Correctional Centre, but the big-wave rider had to spend only two days behind bars because the five hours he spent behind bars after his arrest counted as one day served.

The brief sentence was criticised by prosecutors, who yesterday released images of Mr Puu taken three days after the assault.

Honolulu prosecutor’s office spokesman Jim Fulton said Mr Puu’s injuries had been caused by “a sustained assault”.

“The victim was hit at least four times in the head and numerous times in the body,” he said.

“His eyes were swollen and bruised for a long time afterwards. It (the assault) resulted in serious bodily injury.”

Prosecutors alleged Abberton repeatedly punched Mr Puu after he stepped in to break up a brawl between two groups of men outside the Epic Bar nightclub, in Honolulu’s Chinatown area, about 1am on March 8.

The young officer, who spent several days in hospital, suffered two black eyes and his entire face was severely swollen.

Mr Puu had been scheduled to appear in court, but cancelled his appearance hours before he was due to face Abberton.

He has refused to comment, but his mother, Karen, told The Sunday Telegraph in May the family had been shocked and saddened by the senseless attack on her son.

“He had two very bad black eyes,” she said.