Man sentenced to 51st prison term

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 07:20 23/07/2013

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A Black Power member says he wants to change his ways after hearing he will become a grandfather.

"I don't blame nobody but myself," William Herangi Wanakore, 34, told Judge Allan Roberts prior to sentencing after admitting to his latest raft of offending.

Wanakore, who has 97 convictions, was about to be sentenced to his 51st prison term after pleading guilty to assault with intent, two burglaries and twice breaching protection orders in May.

He choked up while reading his letter of apology to the judge, written while in jail.

"Sorry for being a pain in the bum. I speak from my heart for the first time. I wish to do good not just for me but my kids," Wanakore said. "If I carry on this way I'm never going to see my kids."

The father of five said he had a good heart, telling the judge the incentive to change came after he found out he was to become a grandfather for the first time.

He had never had a good role model, he said.

"Crime and violence is all I've known."

Defence counsel Paul Keegan asked for credit for his client who pleaded guilty at an early stage.

Judge Roberts said his former partner was frightened of Wanakore. While he told her he would never assault her again, she feared he might go back on his word.

Wanakore was sentenced to 20 months' jail. His $1800 in fines were remitted.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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