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18:02 Wed Nov 21 2012

A former junior New Zealand basketball international has been jailed in Singapore after jumping bail on an assault charge.

Robert Stephen Dahlberg, 35, admitted to assaulting a man during a brawl at Suntec City in 2010, slamming his head against a pillar and kicking him in the face.

Channel News Asia reports Dahlberg was jailed for five months.

Dahlberg, from Nelson, voluntarily returned to Singapore in September and was arrested after handing himself over to authorities.

He had left Singapore in July 2011 after being granted permission by the court to travel overseas, but failed to return as scheduled the following month.

His sentence was backdated to September 7, the date he was remanded after his return to the country.

His father, Bill, told media the past two years have taken a "huge emotional toll" on his son and his family.

"We are all focusing on getting Robert through the remaining period in prison, getting him home, and helping him rebuild his life," said Bill Dahlberg.

Australian Nathan Robert Miller, 36, and Briton Robert James Springall, 25, were also involved in the brawl which included two taxi drivers and two taxi passengers.

Miller pleaded guilty in February and was sentenced to three weeks' jail while Springall skipped the country after being charged and is still on the run.