Teens jailed for violent assaults

STEVE HOPKINS
Last updated 05:00 26/11/2012

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Three teenagers who fractured a man's skull and assaulted three others in unprovoked attacks after requests for cigarettes and drugs have been jailed.

Warutau Kahui, Kahlin Miratana and Parapa Fatamaka were sentenced in the High Court at Auckland earlier this month over two separate attacks in Pukekohe when the trio were all 17.

The first assault involved the trio, along with two others, approaching a man for a cigarette.

After complying with the request the man was attacked by three of the group including Kahui and Miratana, according to recent High Court sentencing notes.

Another man and women with the victim were also assaulted. 

The first victim ran from the scene along Dublin St but was caught while trying to climb a fence, dragged to the ground and punched and kicked to the head and body. 

In the second incident a man was walking along Seddon St when he was approached by Kahui who asked him for a cigarette or Kronic and warned him to be careful as, ''some people have been hurt lately walking around like this''. 

As he continued walking the man was kicked in the head before being assaulted by Kahui. 

The man managed to run away and sheltered behind a stopped car before it drove off.

His next memory was waking up on the side of the road being helped by members of the public. 

The man suffered serious head injuries including a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain and was hospitalised for a week.

Kahui faced five charges over the incidents, Miratana, four and Fatamaka, one. 

According to the sentencing notes, Kahui left school at 15 and was a heavy drinker at the time of the assaults.

Airatana left school at 16, had a ''harmful pattern of alcohol abuse'' and smoked cannabis daily. 

And Fatamaka, the court heard, quit school at 14, was on the periphery of the ''Crips'' gang since age 8 and his drug and alcohol use was ''at the extreme end of the departmental testing scale''. 

Kahui was sentenced to three years and three months jail. Miratana got four years and one month and Fatamaka, 19 months.

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