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Webster witness 'could not see offender'

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/06/2017

Corey Webster © Getty Corey Webster The manager at an Auckland bar where ex-New Zealand Breakers guard Corey Webster allegedly punched a man and pulled another's beard saw a person striking her friend, a court has heard.

Webster, a 28-year-old Tall Black, is on trial for assault at the North Shore District Court over the alleged attack in late November.

Eve Whitley, the Takapuna Bar's duty manager on that evening, told the court Joungmin Namkung - who she called Max - tried to prevent someone throwing a bar stool before being hit in the face and ribs.

However, she could not recall the face of the man who hit Mr Namkung, because she was some distance away and phoning police for help.

"I saw him getting hit on the ground," she said on Wednesday.

Mr Namkung, earlier in the proceedings, also said he was punched in the face and ribs but didn't see the face of the man.

Fellow witness Emily Liu told the court she remembered a separate incident in which the host of an "open mic" event at the bar, Michael Tilton, came in from the bar's outside area appearing upset.

He showed her a clump of his beard in his hands and pointed to a table at which Webster was seated, she said.

Mr Tilton earlier said Webster pulled roughly on his goatee beard so that large chunks of it came out.

Earlier this month, Webster helped the Wellington Saints win the New Zealand NBL championship, and has also signed on to play with the Dallas Mavericks for next month's NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

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