Maia Tirikatene outside court with her supporters after the man who attacked her was discharged without conviction on Tuesday. Photo / George Heard.

A Christchurch man who brutally beat an elderly service station worker after taking illicit drugs has been granted a discharge without conviction and permanent name suppression after the court accepted his defence of automatism.

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his victim and her family support that decision – after a lengthy and emotional Restorative…

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