Joseph Teruakirikiri Riwai Martin
From a Dominion story 18th October 1999
THE Court of Appeal has upheld a sentence of indefinite preventive detention for a South Auckland church leader known as "Chief Winterhawk", who was convicted of sexual offending against young men and boys as young as eight. Joseph Teruakirikiri Riwai Martin, 56, had admitted eight counts of indecent assault, and was found guilty by a jury of three counts of sexual violation, seven counts of indecency, and two of anal intercourse. Delivering the court's judgment, Justice Blanchard said the offending had been over13 years, on males aged between eight and 22.
"The appellant occupied a significant position of trust. He was the founder and head of the Maramatanga Movement, a minister of the New Zealand Spiritualist Church, a cub leader in the Scout movement, and also ran Maori cultural groups. "It was largely through these activities that he came into contact with his victims." Justice Blanchard said parents often sought the help of Martin when their boys were having problems.
"The social activities that the appellant organised frequently involved them staying at his home. On one occasion he also took them camping. "The appellant would often make one of the boys sleep with him in his bed with the bedroom door locked so as to ensure that they would not be disturbed." High Court Justice Dame Sylvia Cartwright had sentenced Martin to preventive detention in July on the grounds that there was a significant risk of him reoffending, and that a finite term would not sufficiently protect the public. The Court of Appeal upheld the sentence, dismissing the appeal, saying Martin was unwilling to acknowledge the full extent of his wrongdoing.
"Mr Martin also seems to have exhibited no sympathy towards his victims and even to be unsure whether his behaviour was damaging to them... The judge was right to take a cautious and sceptical view concerning the possibility of further offending," Justice Blanchard said. Martin was a cub leader in Feilding and Papakura, and was made an honorary Apache, with the title Chief Winterhawk, after developing an interest in Native American culture. Police have said some of the offending took place in Indian camps, for the boys to earn a headband or eagle feathers.
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Sentenced to indefinite preventive detention in July 1999
Eligible for possible release November 2008
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