Man pleads guilty to sex attack on 87-year-old woman

03:32, Jul 07 2014
Hugh Hemi Tuatua Tareha
GUILTY: Hugh Hemi Tuatua Tareha, 30, who had led the Parole Board to believe he was motivated to make changes, sexually attacked an 87-year-old woman in her home while he was on parole. He is pictured earlier this year.

A Hastings man has admitted sexually assaulting an 87-year-old woman in her home.

The 30-year-old who had previously pleaded not guilty, today admitted to assaulting the woman on November 7 last year.

Hugh Hemi Tuatua Tareha can be identified now that name suppression has been lifted.

Appearing in the High Court at Napier, Tareha pleaded guilty to four charges of unlawful sexual connection, injuring with intent, two charges of assault with intent to cause sexual violation and two burglary charges.

Tareha approached the woman when she went to check her letterbox about midday.

He then dragged her inside and attacked her in her home.


She was found by her son when he arrived at the house about five hours later.

The Dominion Post can now reveal that Tareha assaulted another woman in her home that day.

Crown prosecutor Steve Manning asked that health reports be prepared for sentencing as the Crown was seeking a sentence of preventative detention.

Lawyer Russell Fairbrother QC also asked for a cultural report.

Justice Simon France entered the convictions and noted that Tareha would receive a second strike under the three strikes legislation at sentencing in September.

Tareha was remanded in custody. 


August 2013: Hilton Hone Heke, 22, jailed for at least six years for his daylight sex attack on New Year's Day on a 62-year-old woman in a community garden in Nelson.

June 2013: William John Murphy, 37, is alleged to have detained and robbed several older women in their homes around Auckland in a week-long crime spree.

April: Brian Te Huia, 45, jailed for targeting elderly people over a decade, stealing their cash or bank cards from homes and rest homes. His eldest victim was 91.

November 2012: Former policeman Jack Morrissey, 82, dies less than a month after being attacked in his Wainuiomata home, allegedly by two teenage boys. An autopsy indicates he died of pre-existing medical conditions.

2010: Olinale Ah You found guilty of fatally bashing 80-year-old Yan Ping Yang in an aggravated robbery at her Manurewa home.

2008: A drunk Glen Patrick Joseph Walsh breaks into the home of 99-year-old Thelma Lawrence in Palmerston North and indecently attacks her. She never left hospital and died from pneumonia shortly after celebrating her 100th birthday.