A Dunedin teenager is likely to go to jail for his part in a
brutal attack on another young man, and has been remanded in
custody to await sentencing next month.
Dakaia John Henare (18) appeared before Judge Michael Crosbie
in the Dunedin District Court yesterday, on a charge of
injuring Joshua James Munro with intent to injure him at
Dunedin on January 12.
Henare was jointly charged with Darryl Ngatapi-O-Rehua Shaw,
who had already pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 11
months' home detention, community work, and ordered to pay
reparation of $1000.
Henare initially denied the charge and elected trial by jury,
but yesterday changed his plea to guilty and the jurors were
The police summary, which Henare accepted, stated he and Shaw
met Munro at a party and pressured him to buy them alcohol.
The trio walked into the city centre, where they consumed
pre-mixed alcoholic drinks and smoked the synthetic cannabis
Henare's aggression frightened Munro and he eventually gave
him $12.60 - all the money he had.
But as they sat outside the Hoyts Cinema, Henare punched
Munro in the face.
''Henare then placed the complainant in a headlock and
squeezed his head so tight that his face ached and he felt
pressure inside his skull. When the complainant objected he
was punched in the face by Henare,'' the summary stated.
Henare and Shaw pulled Munro into a nearby Moray Pl car park
where they repeatedly punched him in the face.
''The complainant cried out for help and put his arms up to
deflect the blows, whereupon he was told to stop resisting
and was attacked by the defendants with more force. He curled
up in a ball and was kicked in the body by Shaw,'' the
''At one point during the attack the complainant was held by
the throat and couldn't breathe. He then began coughing and
spitting blood from his mouth.''
Henare and Shaw left Munro crying and bleeding in the car
park, with a broken nose, cracked jaw and suspected broken
ribs, as well as bruising, grazing and swelling over his face
Judge Crosbie said Henare was slightly more culpable than
Shaw and therefore it was likely he would be sent to prison.
Defence counsel John Westgate said Henare accepted jail was a
Henare had spent a short time in custody immediately after
the incident and had been on electronically monitored bail
and subject to a 24-hour curfew since.
Mr Westgate's application yesterday for Henare to be remanded
on bail was declined.
Judge Crosbie acknowledged Henare's late guilty plea and his
willingness to be part of a restorative justice hearing, but
said it was tough on defendants and their families when bail
was granted in the lead-up to a likely jail sentence.
''What goes through a young man's mind when a judge has
basically told him he's going to jail then lets him out the
door? It really isn't in the interests of justice to grant
you bail,'' Judge Crosbie said.
Henare was remanded in custody for sentence on November 28.