Two Rotorua women who bashed a man over the head with a
frying pan then tied him up, gagged him and robbed him have
Anihau Hunuhunu and Alyssa Paige Mita, both 21, were
sentenced in the Rotorua District Court today to four years
each in prison after previously pleading guilty to aggravated
robbery and kidnapping.
The women tied the man's hands and feet with electrical cord
and gagged him with socks. They then stole his plasma TV,
laptop, computer equipment, more than $300 cash, alcohol, a
cellphone and took his Eftpos card and demanded the pin
The pair loaded the property into the man's car and left in
it. The car was later recovered but most of the property,
valued at more than $7000, was disposed of.
Judge Cooper said the victim had escaped with cuts, bruises
and grazes but it could have been worse given he was hit over
the head. He said the man, who had since left Rotorua, had
suffered emotional distress and flashbacks.
Hunuhunu's lawyer Moana Dorset accepted there had been some
level of premeditation to the attack on the part of her
"It resulted from a slow burning anger that had gone on for
some years due to the unhealthy nature of the relationship
[with the victim]," she said.
"Something cracked and she thought I am going to deal with
this one way or another. She dealt with it wrongly of
Harry Edward, acting for Mita, said his client had not known
what was going to happen and had not gone to the house with a
Both lawyers said their clients were remorseful and had
pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.
In sentencing, Judge Cooper said he had taken into account
the fact there were two offenders, there had been an aspect
of kidnapping and it happened in the man's own home.
He also took into account both women's previous convictions
for burglary and the fact Mita was serving a sentence of
community detention when the offending happened.
- Katie Holland