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If he says he did not do this damage, he can defend any charge. But if he pushed the car, it does not look good for him. Your defence would have to be that someone else did this damage after he pushed the car, but that might be difficult to prove. The police would likely charge him with wilful damage, so he might want to try to avoid a criminal charge. But of the panel beater says this damage was caused by a kick, then he could ask one of the Tongan workers to confirm whether he kicked the vehicle or not. If they back up his story, he could ask the policeman to discuss this with the Tongans to check his side. The problem will be if he does defend the case, is that he has admitted he has pushed the vehicle, but denies the extent of damage. So there is a reasonable risk the judge will not believe him. As a practical step, even though it may be expensive to fix the damage it will avoid going to court, with a real risk of getting a conviction