The day before a man on parole brutally attacked an
87-year-old woman, the Parole Board said it was "pleased"
with his progress in the community.
At the High Court in Napier yesterday morning, Hugh Hemi
Tuatua Tareha, 30, admitted the attack in the Hastings suburb
of Frimley on November 7 last year.
He also pleaded guilty to an unrelated sexual assault on
another woman in her Parkvale home, later that same day in
Tareha had name suppression until yesterday, when it was
lifted after he admitted the charges of unlawful sexual
connection, injuring with intent, two counts of burglary and
two charges of assault with intent to cause sexual violation.
The 87-year-old woman was attacked in the middle of the day,
at her Ikanui Rd home, after she went to check her mail and
was grabbed and dragged back into the lounge by Tareha.
At the time he was on parole for another attack on another
He was sentenced in February 2011 to three years and nine
months' jail after forcing his way into the home of a
68-year-old woman, confronting her in her bedroom and robbing
her of a small amount of money.
He was released on parole on July 22, last year.
A Parole Board decision written the day before the November
assault said Tareha had complied well with his conditions of
parole since his release.
"He has been attending counselling ... and he has had two
whanau huis with his Probation Officer and with family
The board said Tareha was "motivated to make changes".
"We are pleased with his performance."
Sensible Sentencing Trust spokeswoman Ruth Money said the
case was another example of "parole fail".
"What will it take before the system is overhauled?" she
"Tareha, Aaron Rhys MacDonald (due to be sentenced later this
month for murder), Graeme Burton and William Bell are all
examples of poor decision making by the Parole Board leading
to murder or other serious violent offending.
"Offenders should serve their judge-given sentence and then
start a monitored reintegration process. Standard parole
eligibility at one third of the judge-ordered sentenced is an
absolute travesty and sick joke," Ms Money said.
Justice Simon France remanded Tareha in custody until
sentencing at the High Court in Napier on September 23, and
also ordered two psychiatric health assessments for the
- additional reporting Hawkes Bay Today