An assault between prisoners at the Otago Corrections
Facility has brought more jail time for two of the
Allan Waru Kukutai (36), unemployed, and Tu'uta Motuliki
(22), scaffolder, both of Dunedin, appeared before Judge
Michael Crosbie in the Dunedin District Court yesterday on a
joint charge of wounding Samuel Storm White with intent to
injure him at the Milburn jail on November 3 last year.
With fellow prisoner Rawiri David Wereta they approached Mr
White in an exercise yard of the jail, despite being told by
corrections officers not to enter the yard.
Wereta removed a modified pen from the front of his trousers
and as the victim tried to take it from him they started to
Wereta, Kukutai and Motuliki punched and kicked Mr White to
the ground, then stomped on his head and body as he lay in
the foetal position.
The attack continued after Mr White lost consciousness and he
ended up with broken ribs and damaged teeth.
''This was serious violence, there was serious injury, there
was attacking to the head and there were multiple attackers.
Corrections officers were close by and it shows disregard for
the rules of prison, the health of the victim and the
authority of the corrections officers,'' Judge Crosbie said.
He sentenced Kukutai to prison for three years, nine months
and two weeks.
Motuliki, who was considered to be slightly less culpable in
relation to the assault, received a three-year jail sentence.
Judge Crosbie said Kukutai had eight previous convictions for
serious violence, including two for robbery, and the
probation service considered his likelihood of reoffending to
be high, as well as his risk to others.
''You say you struggle with anger-management issues,'' he
Judge Crosbie said Motuliki was also considered highly likely
to reoffend, although his relevant criminal history of
violence was ''more modest''.
''You regarded the victim as a bossy person and you were
waiting for an opportunity to assault him. You came to
Dunedin after your family sent you away from Auckland to get
away from your offending.''
Wereta had already been sentenced in respect of the incident.