Harawira nephews guilty of iPod bashing

Harawira nephews guilty of iPod bashing

by Rob Kidd on Stuff.co.nz

Two nephews of MP Hone Harawira have been found guilty of fracturing a man’s cheek and eyesocket while drunkenly robbing him of his iPod.

Another of his nephews was acquitted on that charge, but found guilty of assaulting two witnesses to stop them informing police.

Tohora Harawira, Enesi Taito and Wikatana Popata were accused of beating up the man on a street in the Auckland suburb of Avondale, robbing him and assaulting bystanders so they would not “nark” on them.

Harawira and Taito were found guilty of a charge of aggravated robbery, while Popata was found guilty of two charges of assault.

The victim, Joseph Harper, was walking along Great North Rd on an August night in 2011.

He was listening to the band, The Arcade Fire, on his iPod, minding his business, when three men standing near a car started yelling at him and following him.

He crossed to a bus stop where people were waiting for a bus, but the men pursued him.

One of the men, who the Crown says was Harawira, punched Harper to the ground.

He said the men pulled him up off the ground and in “condescending voices as if they were speaking to a child” said “it’s all right, it’s all right, bro” as they took his iPod off him.

Crown prosecutor Robin McCoubrey said in opening that Popata approached three schoolboys who witnessed the attack and hit two of them across the face.

He said “don’t nark on us”, “don’t snitch” and “we will find you”.

One of the schoolboys who was attacked testified that the third man, Taito, was dancing around in the background encouraging the violence by saying, “Yeeeaaah”.

Harper said he took refuge in the car of a father and son who had stopped to assist.

He told the court his eyesocket was broken, a cheek fractured and he had nerve damage to his face.

McCoubrey said police located the three men soon after.

Harawira allegedly told police they had drunk several boxes of beer.

“I’m too drunk. I honestly can’t remember what’s happening,” he told police.

Harawira and Popata were remanded on bail while Taito was remanded in custody until they are sentenced in September.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t Popata the same nephew who told us on TV that New Zealand will be a better country when they run it? That they will take care of us when they are in charge? Somehow I don’t think having this lot in charge would be good for running a BBQ, let alone running a country!

And then we have this incident:

Beaten boy’s emotional damage ‘horrendous’

by Ian Steward on Stuff.co.nz

A boy chased and beaten by a nephew of MP Hone Harawira was horrendously damaged, his parents say.

Mau Toa Harawira, 30, has been jailed for three years for a drunken home invasion in which he chased the 12-year-old into his house and beat him in his bedroom.

The parents of the victim told TVNZ the emotional damage to their son had been “horrendous”.

“All of a sudden a 12-year-old boy has had to grow up,” they said.

They revealed the offender’s grandmother and feared kuia Titewhai Harawira called the family of the boy to try to smooth things over.

Hone Harawira claimed to have done the same. However, the parents said that was not the case.

“If he really wanted to do it, he could’ve got hold of us but he didn’t,” the boy’s father said. “From my opinion, it was more political posturing and grandstanding than anything.”

Despite the jail term being handed down, they were not impressed.

“It’s just another Maori going into prison. Does that make me happy? No it doesn’t.”

Mau Harawira – the son of former anti-violence campaigner Hinewhare Harawira – appeared for sentence in the Auckland District Court today after pleading guilty to injuring with intent to injure and theft.

Judge David Harvey said on August 24, 2012, Harawira had been drinking at a Blockhouse Bay address before going to a nearby beach, where the 12-year-old complainant was playing with a toy.

“For some reason or another you decided he was making disparaging remarks about you …” the judge said.

“You decided to wreak your vengeance on him, a boy.”

The victim was chased from the beach into his home.

Mau Harawira entered the property through the front deck and found the boy in his bedroom. He slapped him and threw him to the ground.

He punched and kicked the boy’s head and torso as he lay on the ground, curled in the foetal position, trying to cover his head with his hands, the judge said.

The boy was dragged outside by his hair and slapped on the head several more times.

The boy was hospitalised but was not seriously hurt.

Police said Mau Harawira returned to the house and took a basket of the victim’s belongings, including a PlayStation, clothes, shoes and a “taonga”.

Judge Harvey said he was “gutless and cowardly”.

“He was in his own house, where he should be safe – he was in his own room, where he should be safe,” he said.

The judge said victim impact statements said the boy’s family were horrified at the invasion of their home.

The boy had had to “grow up too soon” because of the case.

Judge Harvey said a sentence must have a deterrent effect.

These people are not the kind of ‘leaders’ I want my grandchildren growing up under, or anywhere near either.


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