'Mobsta' tattoo gang member admits manslaughter

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 12:32 17/06/2013

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Gang member Fabian Jessie Mika has admitted the manslaughter of a 15-year-old boy who was killed when Mika crashed a stolen vehicle in Christchurch four months ago.

Mika, who has the word "Mobsta" tattooed right across his face, admitted the charge of causing manslaughter by dangerous driving, at a Christchurch District Court session before Judge Raoul Neave today.

He remained calm throughout the hearing, in spite of provocation from the public seats by the family of the boy who was killed, Ethan Takitimu-McKenzie.

The mother of the dead boy gestured at him as he appeared on a video-link from Christchurch Prison, from public seating that is visible to the prisoner.

She shouted, "Yeah, guilty, that's right."

Judge Neave told her: "All right Mrs McKenzie, I know feelings are high."

She was then ushered out of the courtroom by escort staff, but called out: "Guilty, you son-of-a-bitch."

Mika was back in court today after being refused bail at another hearing by video-link last week.

At that session, when the judge refused him bail, the victim's family began cheering and clapping and Mika began kicking and acting up inside the video booth at the prison. Court staff immediately cut off the video-link.

Judge Neave today remanded Mika in custody for sentencing in the High Court on September 10, when there will also be a hearing with evidence heard because he denies some of the factors that will mean additional jail time on his sentence.

It is understood Mika denies that passengers in the car before the crash had been asking him to stop, and that he had been consuming alcohol and cannabis.

Defence counsel James Rapley said Mika would plead guilty to charges of causing the youth's death by dangerous driving and therefore committing manslaughter, driving while forbidden, failing to stop for a police car using red and blue flashing lights and siren, and failing to stop and ascertain injury after the crash.

Ethan Takitimu-McKenzie died at the crash scene, north of the Bromley sewage ponds, at about 12.35am on February 22.

The car had been chased through New Brighton and Linwood, but police said the chase had been abandoned before the crash.

Mika also faces charges of stealing a Toyota Hilux Surf worth $10,000 and robbing a man of a Holden Commodore, a trailer, and a motorcycle. Those charges were remanded to a post-committal conference on July 19.

Judge Neave called for a pre-sentence report and victim impact statements ahead of the High Court sentencing for manslaughter. Mika will receive a first-strike warning for repeat violent offenders at that session.

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