Girl, 17, jailed for stabbing
A 17-year-old Hamilton girl was jailed for more than three years after stabbing two people in Enderley, one of whom was trying to play peacemaker.
On March 13, Mihingarangi Tynneal Rameka turned up with a group of friends to an organised brawl at an Enderley park but, unlike the other girls, she had a knife concealed in the sleeve of her jersey.
In earlier court appearances Rameka's lawyer said her client "lost it" when she saw a nine-year-old being punched in the face. The teen said she had not taken the knife with the intention of using it, rather she always carried it "for protection".
When one of the victims saw her pull out the blade during the fracas, she stepped in to protect her friend and was stabbed in the wrist.
The pair ran off to a nearby property but Rameka followed them undeterred.
She stood outside the house shouting: "Bring it on, I'll shank you up."
Eventually an older woman came out and tried to persuade her to leave but was stabbed in the chest.
The resulting wound landed the victim in hospital for five days with a 1.8cm wound.
A scan showed the knife entered the left chest cavity and she required surgery for a collapsed lung.
Rameka pleaded guilty to the lead charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm - which carries a maximum jail term of 14 years - as well as wounding with reckless disregard and numerous less significant counts from unrelated incidents.
Judge Merelina Burnett was particularly flabbergasted by Rameka's actions in a supermarket, where she and a friend were caught shoplifting.
Rather than giving herself up she punched the staff member in the face on two separate occasions as they tried to make their escape.
"Could you imagine trying to do your job and being punched in the face?" the judge said. "Most people in their lives would never punch someone in the face, never mind twice in the same incident."
It was Rameka's first appearance in the district court but she had appeared before the youth court previously.
Judge Burnett gave the girl credit for her remorse, her guilty plea and age, before sentencing her to three years two months' imprisonment.
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