A gang member who attacked a drug dealer, who died soon after, had just been released from jail for the latest in a long list of violent crimes.
Michael Mulholland, 52, a drug dealer, died of a heart attack in September last year, moments after a beating at the hands of patched Mongrel Mob members Harlem Rawiri Turi, 32, and Desmond Leaf, 31.
The attack happened in Farmer Cres, Lower Hutt when Turi and Leaf went to Mulholland’s house to buy methamphetamine but found he had none.Both men were charged with manslaughter but Leaf was acquitted at trial.
In sentencing Turi to eight years and three months in jail today, Justice Robert Dobson said at the age of just 32, the patched Mob member had an ‘‘extensive criminal history’’ of 13 convictions for violence since 1998.
Turi had been released from jail for the most recent conviction just before the attack on Mulholland.
While Leaf admitted to hitting Mullholland first, that was thought to be a single punch, whereas Turi’s subsequent attack appeared to be more sustained.
Justice Dobson set a minimum non-parole period of four years and three months.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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