Holly Walker being sentenced at Whangarei District Court
A Whangarei woman who took her 6-month-old baby along on
a burglary, then drove at the homeowner when he discovered the
break-in, has been jailed.
Holly Walker, 27, appeared in Whangarei District Court for
sentence yesterday after pleading guilty to charges of
injuring with intent to injure from an incident last year,
and charges of burglary and aggravated assault from an
incident on September, this year.
Judge Duncan Harvey said Walker and two others went in a car
to a home in Pipiwai on September 30 and the house was
burgled. Walker brought her 6-month-old baby with her.
As Walker was waiting in the car, the homeowner arrived, saw
co-accused Taylem Junior Henry walking out of the back of the
section with some of his property, and tried to stop Walker
Judge Harvey said Walker told the man she would run him down
if he tried to stop her and nudged him with the the front
bumper, causing the man to get out of the way fearing he
would be hit.
The injuring with intent charge arose after Walker and three
others went to a woman's home in Tikipunga in July last year
and forcibly removed the woman, before driving her around
Whangarei where the woman was repeatedly assaulted by Walker
and two others.
Judge Harvey said the pre-sentence report for Walker showed
that while she had been in jail awaiting sentence she had
taken steps to address her offending. Walker has a number of
previous convictions, mainly for dishonesty, including nine
The judge accepted that Walker - a mother-of-four - was not
the lead offender in any of the two cases and sentenced her
to 14 months' jail for the injuring with intent charge and a
cumulative sentence of 18 months' jail for the burglary and
aggravated assault charges. Henry was earlier sentenced to
four months' community detention and 12 months' intensive
supervision for his role in the burglary.
Also yesterday, one of Walker's co-accused for the case from
July 2012 appeared for sentence. Te Rani Helen Walters, 19,
had earlier pleaded guilty to one charge of assault with
intent to injure and three of injuring with intent to injure.
Judge Harvey said as the mother of a young daughter he hoped
that Walters had used her time in prison awaiting sentencing
to reflect on the fact she could not be an effective mother
while in jail. He said if she did not take steps to address
her violent tendencies she would be back in jail again and
Walters, Walker and another - who has yet to be dealt with by
the court over the incident - went to the woman's home about
7am on July 15, 2012. Judge Harvey said Walters was "the
muscle", dragging the woman from her home and inflicted most
of the violence.
Judge Harvey sentenced Walters to two years and four months'
jail, to be served cumulatively with a three-year and four
months' sentence imposed earlier this year for violent
offending committed after the July, 2012 incident.
- Mike Dinsdale