As reported on www.signonsandiego.com
KANEOHE, Hawaii – Australian pro surfer Koby Abberton pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge that he hit an off-duty Honolulu harbor police officer during a brawl at a nightclub.
Abberton faces a maximum sentence of a year’s imprisonment on the misdemeanor assault charge stemming from the March 8 fight outside Restaurant Epic in Honolulu’s Chinatown.
Abberton is a member of the Bra Boys gang, a group of friends who released their autobiographical “Bra Boys” documentary in the U.S. this year. The film tells of murder and family loyalties in the beachside Sydney suburb of Maroubra.
He’s also known as the face of Oakley surfwear through a sponsorship.
Abberton, who turned 30 on Sunday, didn’t speak during his hearing before Judge Ray Graulty in District Court. He was ordered to return to Hawaii for a trial by jury Aug. 13.