From the Dominion Post 7th July 2014
A notorious Wellington sexual predator scuppered his chance for getting out of prison when he was caught hiding contraband in a bush. The Parole Board was not impressed with Dean Hiroki's excuses for hurling a cellphone card on to a roof and hiding other cards and a charger in the bushes, a new report shows. Prisoners are not allowed cellphones and the Department of Corrections runs multimillion-dollar mobile network-jamming technology in the country's prisons to prevent them being used if smuggled in. Hiroki was jailed in 1999 along with his 14-year-old foster son Maka Renata after they dragged a 26-year-old Wellington woman into a Cuba St alleyway, held a knife to her throat and took turns raping her.
Child, Youth and Family later admitted its mistake in placing the teenager with Hiroki, who had failed to mention his history of rape convictions. Hiroki, then a senior Mongrel Mob member, was ordered to serve a sentence of preventive detention with a minimum non-parole period of 12 years' imprisonment. He first became eligible for parole in 2011. The board's report said his crimes were appalling and he was described by his sentencing judge as a "dangerous sexual predator". When Hiroki was last seen by the board in July 2013 he was considered too high risk for release but had been making rehabilitative efforts. He had been living on prison grounds at Te Whare Oranga Ake, a unit for male Maori offenders to help them prepare for release and cut ties with gangs.
The report said Hiroki had made "encouraging" progress doing community work and going on shopping outings as part of his release to work programme. However, on May 10 he was captured on CCTV footage hiding a cellphone charger and Sim cards in bushes and throwing a cellphone card on to a rooftop. He told the board that the contraband items were for his own use. Its report noted his excuse - that he smuggled the contraband "deliberately" to be reintegrated into mainstream prison because he had fears for his safety in the Whare. The board members, considered the excuse "hollow", the report said. Hiroki was refused parole on the basis that he had no satisfactory release plan and needed to regain lost ground to prove he was no longer an undue safety risk to the community.
From a Dominion story 3rd May 2002
A 16 year old Wellington youth, previously convicted for raping a woman, was jailed for three years yesterday for sodomising a fellow male inmate at Christchurch's Kingslea Residential Centre. The 15-year-old male victim was described in Christchurch District Court as once being Maka Renata's best friend and confidante. Judge Stephen Erber decided to lift Renata's name suppression, unusual for an offender under the age of 17. Renata, of Wellington, raped the boy while serving 7 years six months at Kingslea for a late-night abduction, rape and robbery of a 26-year- old woman, which he executed alongside senior Mongrel Mob member and serial rapist Dean Hiroki. Renata had been under the state-appointed care of Hiroki at the time.
Renata stood in the dock at court and heard Judge Erber describe the Kingslea rape as "not so much an act of violence but a demonstration of power a clear demonstration by you of who was boss" .The victim, now 16, described Renata as "a jailmate". Renata was the popular leader, the victim was his follower. The boys confided in each other and the victim, serving a two- year sentence for aggravated robbery, asked to be moved to a cell beside him. The victim said he had no visitors so his friend Renata would invite him along to his family visits. The victim impact report describes the victim as fragile and struggling to cope with childhood sexual abuse and an unsettled, violent upbringing. The victim's sister said he had gone to Kingslea a confident young man in need of help and had emerged a broken spirit. His family were working to "rebuild" their son.
Judge Erber described the assault as "tantamount to heterosexual rape" but said the three-year sentence reflected the need for hope when determining what was best for young offenders. "In your case, hope is not yet lost.... It would be wrong to sentence you to the deserved seven years. "Judge Erber said Renata came from a background of alcohol, sexual abuse, violence, drugs and crime. But the teen was supportive of his family and the upbringing they provided. Renata had served 20 months of his sentence and was to have been eligible for parole in about three years. His additional sentence will add another two years to the non- parole period. Judge Erber warned that further offending was likely to result in a preventive detention sentence such as that being served by Hiroki which carried a minimum of 10 years non-parole.
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Sentenced to preventive detention with a 12 year minimum non-parole period in December 1999.
Parole declined June 2014
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