Rico Huriano Manuella Mareikura
The Opunake man who stabbed another man in the face has been jailed for 5 1/2 years.
Rico Huriano Manuella Mareikura's victim came close to bleeding to death when he drove a blade through one cheek and out the other.
Mareikura, 32, unemployed, was one of five men before the New Plymouth District Court yesterday for sentencing after late night violence in the central city.
His lawyer, Barry Henderson, said there was no evil intention brewing when his client went into town with his partner that night.
Witnesses at the nearby Frederic's bar described at his trial how Mareikura's victim had come at him in Egmont St.
He was all puffed up with his shirt off, raving and ranting at Mareikura, who was backing off, Mr Henderson said.
The victim admitted he was no stranger to violence.
"This wasn't a situation of spontaneous street violence, he was being pursued," Mr Henderson said.
In sentencing, Judge Allan Roberts said Mareikura was found guilty by a jury of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. "Your victim was undoubtedly drunk and was a thorough nuisance. I have no doubt he was aggressive."
Mareikura was backing away but had produced a blade which he forcefully stuck into his victim's face, severing an artery, cutting through his cheek and teeth and penetrating the other side of his face.
Mareikura had no remorse and said his victim "got what was coming to him", the judge said.
He had numerous previous convictions, including 12 jail sentences for serious offending, including aggravated robbery, rape and two unlawful sexual connections.
Date of Birth
1978 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Brenda and Sonny Chan
Sentenced to 11 years with a 3 month concurrent term in November 1999
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