Malcolm Ngeru, 44, unemployed of Taita, had pleaded not guilty to murdering Mihi Tuhoro on July 20 2008. He admitted killing her but said he did not have the intent to do so because he was so drunk, and was instead guilty of manslaughter.
A jury in the High Court in late October 2009 took more than 10 hours to find him guilty of murder. He remanded in custody to and today his sentence was past.
Hutt Valley man Malcolm Ngeru, 43, was jailed for life with a minimum non-parole period of 12 years when he appeared for sentence at the High Court in Wellington after being found guilty in October of murdering his partner Mihi Tuhoro, 48.
Please read the article in Stuff to gain a perspective on this mans actions which are abhorrent. I mentioned in a previous post about the attitude and outcomes of the disenfranchised that seen to be placed in Taita / Pomare by social agencies.
I for one am over the disrespect certain types in our society have toward others. This is a perfect example. Again I hope life, was the true term of his sentence, but feel again that I it won’t be (12 years non parole) I like many others move stronger toward what the Sensible Sentencing Trust advocates, sentences that stand up to their terms, life means life.
Police have found a car stolen in an Avalon home invasion and aggravated robbery on Saturday morning.
The blue BMW was recovered in Lower Hutt, two days after four men forced their way into and took the vehicle’s keys from occupants of a house on Charleston Avenue, Avalon.
Police appealed for anyone who had seen the BMW, registration ZX9069, on the roads over the past few days to contact them.
Police still are not ruling out the robbers were the same ones who staged a home invasion last Wednesday, in Stokes Valley in which a man was shot in the leg and a woman repeatedly bashed with a shotgun butt.
Police have urged Hutt Valley residents to be security conscious, telling them to lock their doors and report any suspicious behaviour following these two attacks.
From Police website
Lower Hutt Residents Evacuated From Inferno
Part of a Lower Hutt residential street remains cordoned off today while Fire and Police investigators attempt to determine the cause of a large blaze that has destroyed or extensively damaged 6 addresses.
An unoccupied address under construction in Cornwall Street was discovered well alight by a passing Police patrol at about 1.30 am this morning.
Numerous fire appliances struggled to contain the fire that was fanned by strong and blusterous winds. Before the fire was controlled 4 neighbouring addresses were extensively damaged with others suffering smoke damage.
Detective Sergeant Mike Sears of the Lower Hutt CIB said “This was an incredibly dangerous situation. Emergency staff, assisted by members of the public, did an outstanding job evacuating all those exposed to risk despite the obvious risks to their own safety. It is amazing that no-one was physically harmed.”
Given the extent of the damage it will take some time before we are in a position to determine the cause of the fire. At this stage we are simply not in a position to say if it was deliberately lit or not.
Despite this we urgently need to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time, regardless of whether they think they saw anything suspicious or not.” Please call the Lower Hutt Police on 5602600.
Lower Hutt CIB
Full photos and article courtesy of Hutt Valley Fire Police Unit from the night of the incident.
Early this morning saw the second home invasion in the Hutt Valley. Whilst not on the level of the Stokes Valley attack it is rather worrying that the nature of these attacks is increasing. Two things spring to mind economic hardship and drugs
Three people, including an elderly woman, were upset, but physically unharmed, after four men forced their way into their Lower Hutt home early today.
Lower Hutt police said the woman, in her nineties, and another adult couple were awoken by the four men forcing the front door of the Charleston Avenue, Avalon, home.
“The males made a hasty search before leaving with some property and the victims’ BMW motor vehicle,” said Detective Sergeant Mike Sears of Lower Hutt CIB.
“The victims are obviously very upset, but thankfully received no physical injuries.
“We are still investigating the motive for this crime.”
Police are trying to establish if there are any links between this and the Stokes Valley incident, and need help to locate the four young men.
Keep your eyes out for the stolen car, a blue BMW, registration ZX9069.
More indepth detail in this Herald report has emerged (Sunday) and Police now believe of the posssibility that a gang of assilants is operating in the Hutt Valley.
Lower Hutt Police are seeking sightings of a red or maroon Mazda Astina 4 door liftback vehicle believed to be linked to an overnight home invasion in Stokes Valley.
The vehicle had been stolen from the lower level of the Westpac Stadium car park during business hours on Wednesday 11 November. At about 10.00 last evening Police discovered the car burning in the car park of Taita Bowling Club. An examination of the vehicle will take place today.
Also anyone noticing any suspicious behaviour around the Taita Bowling Club within the same time periods as the assault occurred.
Please contact the Lower Hutt Police Station with details
Stokes Valley was in lockdown mode last night as Police were hunting for at least two armed offenders after the pair stormed into a Stokes Valley home and shot one man and bashed a woman with a gun early this morning.
“The intruders kicked in the door and fired at least two shots in the house, striking the male victim in the leg. His female partner was struck over the head with the gun, police said.
At least three children were in the house at the time.
The male victim, 37, suffered serious gunshot injuries to his leg. He was flown by Westpac rescue helicopter to Wellington Hospital after the armed invasion about 9.40pm.
The woman was able to call for an ambulance, as did neighbours who heard the shots. She was taken to Hutt Hospital with moderate head injuries. The victims’ car was also shot at and damaged.
Stokes Valley was in lockdown last night as police cordons prevented anyone from entering the entrance to the suburb and a helicopter circled overhead.
The two offenders wore balaclavas and black hooded sweatshirts when they entered the Amundsen Grove home and started shooting. Police believed they had a sawn-off shotgun.
Four men were in a red, four-door sedan that left after the shooting. A red car was found a short time later burnt out at Taita Bowling Club.
Police are investigating whether it is connected to the incident.
Armed police were still searching for the offenders early this morning.
Inspector Mike Coleman said the home invasion was premeditated. “It was obviously a planned attack. It’s possible they have mistaken the address and got the wrong people.”
The owner of a spray painting business in Petone has been sentenced to 10 months’ home detention and 250 hours’ community work for tax evasion of almost $250,000.
Robin Claude Smith, 66 of Wainuiomata was earlier found guilty in Wellington District Court of 95 charges of tax evasion.
Between 1999 and 2007, Smith conducted his spray painting business using two sets of books — one under the name Robin Smith Spraypainting, the other using the name R Smith Painting.
He used two invoice books and two bank accounts, but only supplied one set of records to his accountant, Inland Revenue investigations manager assurance Richard Philp told the court.
Smith deliberately set up the second entity and bookkeeping system with the intent that payments from certain clients would not be declared for tax purposes, Mr Philp said.
He declared only modest income, or small losses in his tax returns over the eight years reviewed, and used the undeclared income to fund a lifestyle that included overseas travel, purchasing expensive motor vehicles and importing pedigree dogs.
Mr Philp said this was a crime of greed. Smith not only cheated the Government out of the taxes due, he also obtained an unfair competitive advantage over legitimate businesses that pay their taxes.
Smith was found guilty of evading $245,578.96.
The court ordered reparation for the full amount of the outstanding tax evaded.