Harawira nephew to be resentenced

Last updated 16:30 28/03/2014

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A nephew of Mana Party leader Hone Harawira will be resentenced for two aggravated assaults he committed.

Wikitana Popata was sentenced to six months' home detention for assaulting two witnesses to a street robbery carried out by two other nephews, Tohora Harawira and Enesi Taito.

Harawira, Taito and Popata were accused of beating up the man on a street in the Auckland suburb of Avondale in August 2011, robbing him and assaulting bystanders so they would not "nark" on them.

Harawira and Taito were found guilty of a charge of aggravated robbery, while Popata was found guilty of two charges of assault.

Popata appealed his sentence, saying he had been sentenced based on a police summary of facts which was different to the facts established at trial.

The Court of Appeal agreed the approach had been wrong and remitted the case to the District Court to be resentenced.

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