Fifth DIC for King's brother

BELINDA FEEK
Last updated 13:35 26/10/2012
Maharaia Robert Paki
Belinda Feek/Fairfax NZ

FIFTH CONVICTION: Maharaia Robert Paki.

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The Maori King's brother has today notched up his fifth drink drive conviction.

King Tuhetia's brother Maharaia Robert Paki was fined $2300 and disqualified for 15 months when he appeared at Hamilton District Court.

Paki, 50, a contractor, was stopped by police on July 1 at 7.24pm and recorded a level of 635mcg. The legal adult limit is 400mcg.

The court heard Paki had been watching a rugby game when he started having a few beers and then decided to drive home.

Lawyer Sacha Nepi said although he had a history of drink driving his last conviction was 14 years ago in 1998.

But that didn't wash with Judge Rosemary Riddell who lambasted Paki for his repeated ignorance of the drink driving laws.

"I have read your letter in explanation, 'at a rugby game, kick off, a few beers and unfortunately a wee bar was my undoing'. The bar wasn't your undoing, your lack of judgment was your undoing. It's how we drink and how much we drink that is the problem. You created a risk for the public and others when you chose to get behind the wheel and drink and drive."

Judge Riddell said the other aggravating feature was the fact it was Paki's fifth drink driving conviction.

She also issued Paki a final warning - meaning next time he will go to prison.

"So sir, you have got to address the way you drink and drive. The advertisements don't get through to you, I don't know what will."

Paki said he could pay the fine off at $40 per week. He was also ordered to pay court costs of $132.89.

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