Jury hears 111 call in attempted murder trial

Last updated 12:39 11/08/2014

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A jury has heard the 111 call a woman made that led to police shooting and tasering a man in Porirua.

In the High Court in Wellington today a jury of eight women and four men heard a recording of the call made early on May 2 last year, when a woman said she had escaped from a house where she had been attacked with a hammer.

Ruka Te Pono Hemopo, 48, is charged with attempting to murder one woman and a less serious alternative of wounding with intent to injure, and wounding a second woman with intent to cause her grievous bodily harm. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges and to threatening to kill both women.

The throat of a woman 20 weeks pregnant was cut with a knife, as was Hemopo's throat. The other woman had her elbow and shoulder blade fractured with a hammer.

The Crown says Hemopo inflicted all injuries.

Some circumstances of the case are suppressed, including the identities of the two women.

One woman said she and the other woman were "top and tail" sharing a mattress when they were woken and Hemopo asked them for cigarettes, but they didn't have any.

He got angry and pulled them out of bed and attacked them with a hammer and his hands, she said.

Hemopo stopped when the other woman said she wanted to use the toilet. The witness said she was able to grab her cellphone and leave the house.

The jury has heard her call to police was received about 5.30am. She said Hemopo had hit both women with a hammer and kept repeating, "hurry please".

Police arrived and found Hemopo inside the house with one of the women. He was shot and tasered virtually at the same time. He was injured and was released from hospital the next day.

Hemopo is representing himself at his trial, but a lawyer appointed to assist the court cross-examined the woman for Hemopo.

She denied hitting Hemopo with the hammer or attacking him with her hands and feet.

"There is no way I can attack him, he's stronger than me," she said.

The other woman did not use the hammer either, she said.

She agreed the other woman could get angry when she was drinking alcohol.

The trial began on Friday and is expected to last several more days.

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