Simon Meka Herewini. Photo / Ben Fraser
A Rotorua man who murdered Polish tourist Roman Skorek in
Rotorua's Kuirau Park will spend at least 14 years in
jail.Simon Meka Herewini, 22, appeared in the High Court in
Rotorua today for sentencing.
He was given a sentence of life imprisonment with a minimum
non-parole period of 14 years.
William Karauna Edwards, 15, and Leslie McKay Glen, 15, are
also being sentenced today for intentionally causing grievous
bodily harm to Mr Skorek.
Mr Skorek was beaten and stabbed on January 29 last year.
In December last year, Rawiri James Samuel, 22, was sentenced
to life imprisonment, with a minimum non-parole period of 12
years, for Mr Skorek's murder.
Samuel pleaded guilty in March last year. His three
co-offenders originally pleaded not guilty before later
admitting the charges.
When sentencing Samuel in December, Justice Mary Peters said
according to the police summary of facts Samuel and the
others met Mr Skorek, 64, at the park's hot pools and drank
At one point, Samuel thought Mr Skorek was making sexual
advances towards one of the people he was with and assaulted
him, punching him in the face and head. When Mr Skorek fell
to the ground Samuel kicked him and jumped on his chest.
Samuel and the associates then left, with Samuel taking a
knife with a five-inch blade and money from Mr Skorek's bag.
He went back to Mr Skorek, who was unconscious and making a
Samuel stabbed him once in the face and once in the upper
chest. Mr Skorek also received another stab wound to the
chest, a six-inch open wound on his throat and suffered a