Zane Tiatoa Currie
Two South Otago men were jailed yesterday for what was
described by the sentencing judge as an ''appalling'' home
Zane Tiatoa Currie (19), of Kaka Point, and Daniel Tipene Te
Moananui (34), of Inch Clutha, were sentenced to imprisonment
terms of six years and two months, and three years and two
months, respectively, by Judge Kevin Phillips in the Dunedin
District Court yesterday.
The court heard the two men, disguised in hoodies and
bandannas, assaulted the Point Bar and Cafe owner Pam
Paterson in her Esplanade, Kaka Point, home at 6pm on
December 8, last year.
Judge Phillips described the attack as ''savagery beyond
The offending occurred after a ''heavy session drinking
whisky and smoking cannabis'' and displayed a high degree of
extreme violence and premeditation, Judge Phillips said.
''I think the motivation seems to be alcohol and money. It is
an appalling crime of its kind.
''You knew the occupants were of an age that they could be
easily overcome if they offered resistance.
''You have gone to the address and entered the house through
an insecure window. The victim was asleep in a chair. She
suffered multiple blows to the face and head and was then
dragged to the floor where she was further attacked.
''You are fortunate you are not facing more serious
The victim's injuries included a fractured skull, subdural
haematoma, fractured eye sockets and a jaw broken in three
places, Judge Phillips said.
''The victim's impact state-ment really upset me. You two
have ruined the remainder of her life. You have devastated
her. She awoke to find two men in hoodies beating her,''
Judge Phillips told the offenders.
''She suffered physically, psychologically and emotionally.
She was airlifted to the high dependency unit at Dunedin
Hospital. She has undergone a number of operations and has
had to learn to walk again. Her husband thinks she's 30% of
the person she was.''
Currie fidgeted throughout the sentencing. Te Moananui stared
Two members of the public who tried to intervene after the
attack, Barry Hessan (55) and Ronald Gabolinscy (65), were
also assaulted by Currie and treated for minor to moderate
injuries at Balclutha Medical Centre.
The offenders then went to Rosebank Super Liquor, where
Currie stole $165.96 of alcohol.
''The two of you were still not done. You've then gone to a
bottle shop in Balclutha to get more alcohol. You took
bourbon and gin and drove off together,'' Judge Phillips
The court heard Currie had previous convictions, including
for assault with intent to injure. He had also served a
custodial sentence for driving offences.
Counsel for Currie, Helgi Henderson, submitted the attack was
not ''top level'' violence.
''There was no suggestion of kicking, or use of weapons. He
is not someone who presents with a substantial history of
However, Judge Phillips said: ''You are 19 years of age and
you have an appalling history. I have to denounce and deter
this type of gratuitous violence.''
The couple also suffered a $35,000 financial loss as a result
of the attack, Judge Phillips noted.
Currie had pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years and
two months' imprisonment for causing grievous bodily harm,
one year for assault and one month for theft, the terms to be
served concurrently. He was also ordered to pay $12,000
reparation, in instalments, starting within 30 days of prison
Crown counsel Robin Bates accepted Te Moananui had played a
lesser role in the offending.
Te Moananui had denied attacking the victim, but pleaded
guilty to a lesser charge of assault.
''He was present at the attack, but did not inflict any
injuries, physically,'' Mr Bates said.
However, Judge Phillips told the defendant he was
considerably older than his co-offender and should have shown
more leadership and maturity.
''You said you did not anticipate the level of violence, to
which I say: `Who could?'''Defence counsel for Te Moananui,
Sarah Saunderson-Warner, said her client was ''deeply
remorseful for his offending''.
''He was very stressed in his [police] video interview when
he became aware of the injuries the victim sustained.''
The defendant also had a partner of 15 years and four young
children, aged 5, 6, 8 and 12, she submitted.
''He is a family man, regarded well by his employers.''
The defendants had been in custody since their arrest last
Te Moananui was sentenced to three years and two months'
imprisonment for aggravated burglary, one year and eight
months for assault and one month for theft, the terms to be
He was also ordered to pay $7500 reparation, in instalments,
starting within 30 days of prison release.
Judge Phillips ordered the remission of $1015 in fines.