Man's violent spree triggered by witnessing pair's embrace

Last updated 05:00 16/02/2013

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A 35-year-old Invercargill man threw a table through a ranch-slider door and broke a man's arm after seeing him and a woman in an intimate embrace, the Invercargill District Court was told yesterday.

Hemi George Koroheke appeared before Judge Stephen O'Driscoll and admitted intentionally destroying items including a ranch-slider door, two windows and a laptop and wounding with intent to injure on December 23. He also admitted breaching community detention on December 22.

Judge O'Driscoll remanded him in custody to March 28 for sentence. Convictions were not entered and he would be given a three-strikes warning at sentencing.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Penny Stratford said Koroheke went to a woman's home where he saw her and a male in an intimate embrace.

He threw a table through a ranch-slider door and upturned tables and chairs before hitting the man around the head, she said.

The man protected himself with his arms but Koroheke picked up a chair and hit the man with it before striking him towards the head, mainly hitting his arms, with a chair leg, Ms Stratford said.

The man suffered a broken left arm in two places, lumps and bruises, she said.

When spoken to by police Koroheke admitted causing the damage and said he had "lost it".


Hayden Lee Arthur Tilby, 22, forest worker, was remanded in custody to February 21 for sentence for assault and stealing a bottle of cherry liqueur valued at $41.99 from South City Liquorland on January 10.

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Shane Peter Hope, 42, was sentenced to 12 months' supervision for obstructing police and behaving in a disorderly manner likely to cause violence on February 10.

Wilful trespass

Sarah Anne Evans, 33, was sentenced to 60 hours' community work for trespassing at Countdown in Dunedin on August 10, 11, and 17.


Drew Shaun Leishman, 18, labourer, was remanded on bail to March 12 for sentence for stealing a vehicle on December 21.

Zane Storer, 19, was fined $100 and ordered to pay $6.20 reparation for stealing chocolate and cream buns valued at $23.61 from Pak 'n Save on February 12.


Marrah Patu Beck, 33, meat worker, was remanded in custody to February 22 for sentence for possessing cannabis, utensils, a syringe, diazepam and methylphenidate, breaching a protection order, threatening to kill and wilfully obstructing police on December 21 and 22.


Nathan Arama Mitchell Rerekura, 23, was sentenced to four months' community detention for breaching community detention on July 23, August 26 and September 27 and breaching community work on August 28.

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Jordan Enosa Fuatavai, 21, was convicted and discharged for breaching community work on December 19.

Thomas Derek Woolley, 19, of Lake Hawea, was remanded on bail to February 22 for compliance for breaching community work on October 26.

Peter David Poihakena-Jackson, 24, of Winton, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within nine months for breaching release conditions on January 29.

James Stratton Thompson, 23, of Bluff, was convicted and discharged for breaching community work on November 17.

Ashley Jordan Cousins, 21, was given 60 hours' community work for breaching community work on October 29 and November 3.


Rochelle Toni Mahuru, 31, was remanded in custody to April 16 for sentence for driving while forbidden and dishonestly taking a vehicle at Christchurch on August 29, unlawfully interfering with a vehicle on September 13 and October 1 at Christchurch and Wellington and failing to attend court as directed on September 20.

Jason Thompson, 37, was ordered to come up for sentence if called upon within nine months for seven charges of driving while forbidden.


Maddison Luke Hanes, 18, was fined $350 and disqualified for three months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 326mcg (under 20).

Hunter Roy Shepard, 20, of Browns, 565mcg on February 7. Fined $600 and disqualified for six months.

- Southland

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