Trio jailed for role in gang attack

Blood was left at the scene of the Tahurangi Pl assault last August, which has landed a trio of men in jail.
ANDY JACKSON/Fairfax NZ

Blood was left at the scene of the Tahurangi Pl assault last August, which has landed a trio of men in jail.

Three men responsible for a violent attack, which was committed in broad daylight, have been jailed.

Damien Aaron Ngataierua, Jason Sean King and Hohaia Tara Joe Tane previously pleaded guilty to charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and participation in a criminal group, namely the Black Power, during a recent appearance in the New Plymouth District Court.

The men were arrested after police were called to Tahurangi Pl in Spotswood about 2pm on August 13 last year following reports of the street assault.

Three men were jailed on Friday in New Plymouth District in connection with a violent assault in Spotswood last year ...
ANDY JACKSON/STUFF

Three men were jailed on Friday in New Plymouth District in connection with a violent assault in Spotswood last year (File Photo).

Blood was found spattered on the kerb outside of a home in the suburban area.

The trio were given a sentencing indication of three years and nine months' jail by Judge Chris Sygrove, which was accepted on June 9. 

In exchange for the guilty pleas, a charge of aggravated robbery was withdrawn by the prosecution.

Following a remand to obtain the victim's view, the prison sentence was formally imposed on Friday.

A first strike warning against the men was issued at a previous hearing.

Another man has pleaded not guilty to the role he has been accused of playing in the attack and is due to re-appear in court on July 25.

 - Stuff

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