Scalding adds to inmate's term
A violent woman who has twice scalded fellow prison inmates has had at least 3½ years added to an already open-ended jail term.
Her latest victim still bears the scars from burns on her arm, chest and back, suffered in a power struggle over who was going to control a wing of Arohata Prison, near Wellington, in January this year.
Kino Hoki Matete, 28, and others planned the attack but only Matete went through with it. She is the only woman in New Zealand serving preventive detention an indefinite and potentially lifelong punishment for violence.
In the High Court at Wellington yesterday, Justice Simon France sentenced Matete to serve at least five years of an eight-year jail term.
The sentence will add 3 1/2 years to the period before she can be considered for parole, which was to have been June 2010. It will now be the end of 2013.
Matete pleaded guilty to wounding a woman with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Justice France said the scalding of the fellow inmate was almost the same as one of the offences for which Matete was first sentenced to preventive detention.
Since then she has also been convicted of assaulting a prison officer, for which she received four months' jail.
With psychological counselling Matete who made obscene gestures during sentencing was said to be making slow but discernible steps toward improvement.
She did not have an identifiable mental illness but her personality and her past led her to react violently to stressful or emotional situations, Justice France said.
The Dominion Post