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WELLINGTON: A Turkish immigrant who claimed he was performing a traditional dance with violent-looking moves as he beat up his wife has been convicted of assault by a New Zealand judge. 

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Kebab shop owner Allaetin Can was arrested in August after a passerby reported he was attacking his wife outside their takeaway in the North Island town of Hawera.

He denied the assault charge, arguing he and his wife were celebrating a profitable lunchtime’s trade with a traditional dance called kolbasti, which features mock wrestling, hitting and kicking.

Judge Allan Roberts described the claim as ‘‘nonsense’’ in a decision handed down on Wednesday. Can was ordered to pay NZ$1,500 (33,700 baht) to a women’s refuge. AFP

immigrant –  a person who has come to a different country in order to live there permanently  ผู้อพยพ, คนย้ายถิ่น
violent – involving the use of physical force, with the intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people รุนแรง
beat up – to hit someone violently several times ตี, เคาะ, หวด, ตบ, เฆี่ยน
convicted – having been proven guilty of a crime by a court of law ได้รับการพิสูจน์ว่ามีความผิดจริง
assault – a physical attack on someone ทำร้าย
takeaway – a shop that sells meals that you take home to eat
deny – to say that something is not true or does not exist ปฏิเสธ
charge – an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime ข้อหา
profitable – able to earn money and expenses are subtracted ให้ผลกำไร
trade –  the amount of goods or services that a business buys and sells การค้าขาย
traditional – things (buildings, clothes, music, customs, etc.) that have been part of a country or society for a long time แบบดั้งเดิม, เป็นประเพณี
mock – not real, but intended to seem or look real จำลอง
wrestling – a sport in which two people fight by holding each other in special positions and throwing each other [กีฬามวยปล้ำ
nonsense –  ideas, behaviour, or statements that are not true or sensible  ไม่มีสาระ, ไร้สาระ
refuge – a place where you go to protect yourself from something dangerous or threatening ที่ลี้ภัย ที่หลบภัย

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