Rei David Brian Enoka
From the Evening Post, Dec 22, 1997
Two Wainuiomata men were sentenced in the High Court at Wellington today to seven years and five years in prison for attempted murder following a chainsaw attack in June.
Rei David Brian Enoka, 34, was sentenced to seven years and Craig McKelvie, 27, was sentenced to five years.The pair were convicted on November 25 in the High Court at Wellington, with Enoka's son, Corry Enoka, 15.Justice McGechan stood down Corry Enoka for sentencing while inquiries were made as whether he would have to go to an adult prison after the age of 17 if he was sentenced to a term at Kingslea, a youth custody centre in Christchurch.
After being told that the Kingslea centre did not keep people over the age of 17 and that Corry Enoka's time in Epuni Social Welfare Home could not be credited toward a prison sentence, Justice McGechan sentenced him to 15 months in prison. The term will be served at Kingslea and finish on Enoka's 17th birthday.Justice McGechan said Rei Enoka was clearly in charge of the attack, although McKelvie may have initiated it.Victim Paul Delves sustained significant injuries that could result in permanent disabilities during the attack in Wainuiomata on June 15.A Hooliguns Motorcycle Club member, Mr Delves, was left with a surgical rod in one leg and plates in both arms.
The Crown said during the trial that Rei Enoka gashed Mr Delves' forehead with a revving chainsaw and that Enoka asked his son to ram Mr Delves with a utility.Mr Delves said that Corry Enoka as well as ramming him struck one of his arms with a slasher.McKelvie hit the other arm with a weapon, probably a bat or an axe.The judge said prison was inevitable for the two men. But he accepted a term for Corry Enoka at Kingslea was a better alternative than adult prison.Rei Enoka had been the principal offender, he said. "You held the chainsaw, an horrific weapon, and gave the orders. It is of particular concern that you involved a 15-year-old, your son, in this matter."
Corry Enoka's lawyer, Fuimaono Tuiasau, said Corry hero-worshipped his father and would have obeyed him without regard to his own interest or safety.Rei Enoka's counsel, Donald Stevens, said provocative behaviour on the complainant's part had heightened tensions between the parties and contributed to the ultimate conflict. He said the initial problem was between McKelvie, and Mr Delves.McKelvie's lawyer Paul Paino said prior to the incident he had been assaulted in a bullying fashion, and got a black eye and received bruises to his face. He said there was evidence that McKelvie was involved before the attack in inciting an incident but not a murder.
Date of Birth
Attempted murder of Mr Paul Delves with a chainsaw in Wainuiomata causing him permanent incapacity in June 1997
Three Strikes Status
Sentenced to just 7 years in December 1997
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