A teenage gang member who ambushed a struggling,
quake-affected Christchurch dairy owner repeatedly stabbed
him as he tried to rob his day's takings.
Dwayne Kararema Tutengaehe, 17, was today jailed for
four-and-a-half years for the vicious armed robbery which
came days after a separate unprovoked street assault and
Judge Paul Kellar spoke of a "sadness" at having to send such
a young offender to jail for such a long time.
"This gives me no pleasure at all but I hope that when you
leave prison you will lead a productive life. I wish you
well," the judge told Tutengaehe.
However, the judge was left with no option after the
harrowing attack on a Dallington dairy owner on May 20.
Tutengaehe walked in to his local Gayhurst Rd shop earlier in
the day, bought a 2 litre bottle of milk and asked the shop
owner when he closed that night.
When the shop shut at 8pm, the dairy owner walked to his car
with a backpack containing the day's takings.
As he got into his car and sat down to drive home, Tutengaehe
opened the driver's door and stabbed the man in his shoulder
with a 30cm knife.
He demanded the backpack, but when he stepped back, the dairy
owner shut his car door and tried to drive off.
The youth smashed the car window with his elbow before
stabbing the man "four or five more times" in the upper right
arm. The victim received four puncture wounds to his right
arm and shoulder.
He managed to drive off, as Tutengaehe tried to cling to the
car, and get to hospital where he received stitches.
Judge Kellar today said the physical injuries were not as bad
as they could have been.
But the 30-year old dairy owner, who had been struggling to
operate in the badly quake-damaged suburb of Dallington, had
suffered "quite significant emotional trauma" after the
"One can only feel deeply sorry for the victim," Judge Kellar
Tutengaehe, also known as Whaanga, belonged to the local
Crips gang which the judge said operates a "culture of
On May 11, he was driving along Cashel St in Christchurch
with five others, when they stopped to approach two men who
had bought some bourbon and cola from a liquor store.
The two men, aged 18 and 20, were punched in the face
repeatedly by the attackers, including Tutengaehe, and robbed
of their alcohol.
Tutengaehe's family were in court and told him they loved him
as he was led to the cells.