From a Dominion article 20th January 2001
A PORIRUA man who resigned this month from his position as a caregiver at a mental health care home was sentenced in Wellington District Court yesterday to four and-a-half years jail for sexually violating an 11-year-old girl.
Pusa Finau, 52, also known as Matua Finau, resigned as caregiver and board member of the Porirua-based Fagai Care after The Dominion revealed he had been convicted of serious criminal offences, including manslaughter and sexual assault. Though Finau was convicted of sexual violation and indecent assault in December, details could not be published at the time because of a name supression order, which has now been lifted.
Mana Tagata Pasifika president Litea Ah Hoi said members of the Porirua community had contacted her about Finau's convictions in December and his association with "vulnerable people". Family members sobbed yesterday as Finau was sentenced to four and-a-half years in jail for two counts of sexual violation, and two years for four counts of indecent assault, to be served concurrently. The victim's name and relationship to Finau were suppressed.
Judge Anne Gaskill said the victim, aged 11 and 12 at the time of the offending, was made to feel powerless by Finau: "When she threatened to disclose the offending, your response was to laugh at her. This was persistent offending which occurred over a maximum period of two years. "Children are entitled to be protected from conduct of this kind. Therefore, it is necessary to impose a deterrent sentence to show this is not acceptable."
Finau was one of five board members of Fagai Care, which opened the week before Christmas. The government-funded organisation has four residential care houses, three in Waitangirua and one in Cannons Creek, housing 16 former psychiatric patients, aged between 20 and 60 years. Finau's history of criminal convictions dates back 25 years.
He has two convictions for sexual assault in Christchurch in 1975. In 1982 he was one of 13 men convicted for the manslaughter of Mongrel Mob leader Lester Epps during a brawl between rival gangs in Newtown . In 1991, Finau was jailed for five years and nine months for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, assaulting a female, wilful damage and attempted arson.
The charges arose from two incidents. In February 1991 Finau attacked his former wife's new partner in the face with a claw hammer, permanently damaging one of the man's eyes and knocking out 12 of his teeth.Two months earlier he had poured petrol over his former wife, and inside her house, then set newspaper alight, threatening to torch her, before she managed to extinguish the burning paper. Finau also has convictions for assault, wilful damage, resisting police, using obscene language and fighting in a public place.
Date of Birth
1949 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Sentenced to 5 years 9 months for GBH, assaulting a female, wilful damage and attempted arson charges in 1991
Sentenced to 4 years 6 months in January 2001
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