Alan Wayne Mareikura
NZ Herald 8th January 1999:
The term "home invasion" hit the headlines last month with the death of Reporoa farmer Beverly Bouma and subsequent attacks on people in their homes in Ohakune, Kumeu and Tauranga.
Info from a Sunday News article October 24th 2004
The Mareikura cousins and Moke, plus an 18 year old that stayed outside the house invaded the Chan's home, beat both Sonny and Brenda, and tied them up along with their two children who were asleep at the time. The son Lindsay was also beaten. Rico Mareikura and Moke then raped Brenda, while Alan Mareikura forced the rest of the family to watch.
Lawyer Tony Ellis has been campaigning for Alan Mareikura to get compensation for his mistreatment in prison, along with 18 others. The Chan's are so outraged that Brenda Chan asked for her name suppression to be lifted so she can more effectively campaign to stop Alan Mareikura and others like it from getting any money
From the Dominion 1st December 1999
A 20-year-old Ohakune man has been sentenced to 11 years' jail for his part in a home invasion and sex attack last year. Rico Mareikura appeared for sentencing before Justice Warwick Gendall in the High Court at Wanganui yesterday. Mareikura had earlier been found guilty by a jury of a charge of rape and two charges of sexual violation. He had also earlier pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary. Details of the victim and the sexual offences were suppressed. Justice Gendall said Rico Mareikura and his three co-offenders Alan Mareikura, 25, James Moke, 18, and Tipene Mareikura, 18, went to the house on December 3 with the purpose of robbery.
They took two imitation pistols, a tomahawk, slasher and rope. Alan Mareikura and Moke pleaded guilty and were sentenced in September to 10 years' prison. Tipene Mareikura, who never entered the house, was sentenced in July to four years' prison. Rico Mareikura showed no emotion when details of the offending or verdict were read. He had two previous convictions for aggravated robbery and numerous convictions for theft. Justice Gendall said the offending was reprehensible. "The victims' lives have forever been damaged and changed.... This was wanton criminal behaviour of lawless banditry."
From the Dominion 16th July 1999
FEARS that an attack and robbery of a Chinese family in their own home in Ohakune last year was racially based were expressed by a High Court judge during sentencing at Wanganui yesterday. Tipene Mareikura, 18, unemployed, of Ohakune, was sentenced by Justice John Wild to a total of four years' prison for his involvement in the attack on the family. Mareikura had earlier pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary of three members of the family on December 2 last year. Justice Wild said that during the attack, the family was tied up, beaten and subjected to "nasty racist abuse" before cash, credit cards and firearms were taken from them.
Co-accused Alan Mareikura, Rico Mareikura and James Moke will face trial on August 23 on further charges also relating to the home invasion. The court was told that Tipene Mareikura stayed in the car while his three associates went into the family's home armed with two imitation pistols, a slasher, tomahawk and rope, as well as gloves and socks for their hands. Later, he drove two of the associates to an automatic teller machine in Ohakune where they unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw cash using cards taken from the house. When they returned to the house, the third associate ran outside and got into the car.
Mareikura took them home before returning to Ohakune Marae, where he lived. The next day he found $35 in the back seat of the car, which he kept for himself. A rifle taken from the family's house was found in a shed on the marae, but Tipene Mareikura denied knowledge of it. Justice Wild said he was particularly concerned at racist remarks made by Mareikura's co-offenders. "I am concerned of the possible racial motivation for these offences.
"The law of New Zealand protects all New Zealanders irrespective of their race or creed. "I find it very sad this has happened in such a small community as Ohakune. "Justice Wild said the victim impact report made sad reading. "They (the family) say it will never leave their memories or their nightmares. They say they no longer trust people and have lost faith in New Zealand society," he said.
Date of Birth
1974 (D.O.B. is approximate)
At large (Naenae?)
Rico Mareikura was the lead offender
Sentenced to ten years in September 1999
Due for release September 2008
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