Tupara Henry Kingi
Nelson Mail from 27th June 2007
A man who attacked a Motueka policeman last month has been jailed for two years and three months for the crime and associated offences. Despite Tupara Henry Kingi receiving a beating himself during the prolonged attack, there was no other response than to send him to prison, the Nelson District Court heard yesterday. "These were serious matters. The officer was going about his duties, and I accept you received a beating, but that was an officer going about his lawful duty,'' Judge Tony Zohrab said."The whole thing never would have happened if you had provided the correct information in the first place.''
Kingi, a 44-year-old Motueka seasonal worker, had earlier admitted a string of charges related to the attack on the constable in Motueka on May 12. During the attack, Kingi was sprayed with pepper spray and hit with a police baton, but continued to attack the policeman. Charges of aggravated assault, escaping custody, resisting arrest, driving while disqualified, possessing cannabis and giving false details resulted after Kingi failed to stop at a stop sign, the court was told last month. When the constable stopped Kingi, he gave a false name, and he continued to lie about his true identity until he was arrested for supplying false details. Kingi tried running away but was caught by the constable. He refused to be handcuffed and started to struggle, and was sprayed with pepper spray.
It had little effect, and Kingi still attempted to escape. The constable managed to get the handcuffs on one of Kingi's wrists and call for back-up, before Kingi broke free and ran to the corner of a carpark , where he was cornered. Kingi then grabbed the constable by the jacket and started to punch him in the face and head. The handcuff was still on Kingi's wrist, and struck the constable as he was being punched. After warning Kingi, the constable hit him several times with a baton, without effect. Other police officers arrived but were unable to find their colleague or Kingi, who had shoved his fingers into the constable's mouth to prevent him calling for help. The constable's muffled yells eventually led his colleagues to him.
The constable required medical treatment for cuts, abrasions and possible concussion, and was off work for four days. A satchel Kingi had with him contained 10 cannabis tinnies and about 2g of dried cannabis. Defence lawyer Brett Daniel-Smith said Kingi was sorry for what happened, and that the whole incident had got out of hand. He said Kingi had ended up in hospital, requiring stitches in his head. "He got a real hiding for his trouble. "He can't be exonerated, but it was something that grew, and not something intended. ''In sentencing, Judge Zohrab told the court that police officers needed to be free to go about their business.
Date of Birth
Aggravated assault on a police constable in Motueka in May 2007
Two charges of threatening to kill his partner and two charges of breaching a protection order in December 2002
Also escaping custody, resisting arrest, driving while disqualified, possessing cannabis and giving false details, more than 19 past convictions for driving while disqualified
Three Strikes Status
Sentenced to 2 years 3 months in June 2007
Paroled January 2009, went missing shortly after
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