Caleb Kapinga Tiake McClutchie
Taranaki Daily News, 17th October 2009
A WAITARA mechanic has been jailed for two years for an unprovoked gang bashing of a teenager who was holding an 18th birthday party. Caleb Kapinga Tiake McClutchie, 19, was the only offender to be prosecuted out of a large group who set upon the youth in New Plymouth earlier this year.
The New Plymouth District Court heard this week McClutchie, who admitted a charge of injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, arrived uninvited with a group to the party at the Westown Hall where 250 people were celebrating. An attempt by the host to shut the party down and call the police turned nasty when someone in McClutchie's group yelled out "get him". McClutchie caught and punched the victim in the face with such force he rolled down a 20m bank. The attack did not stop there, however, with a group of eight surrounding the victim as five or six of them kicked and stomped on him.
McClutchie joined in, kicking and punching the teen, who required hospital treatment and stitches after the attack. Despite a police investigation, McClutchie was the only offender charged. "He was never going to be a match for you and your cowardly mates," Judge Allan Roberts told him. Defence counsel Turitea Bolstad had sought a home detention sentence, citing McClutchie's lack of previous offending. She said her client had strong family support, was remorseful and was no longer associating with his co-offenders.
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Grevious bodily harm of a New Plymouth teenager as part of a unprovoked gang bashing in early 2009
Sentenced to two years in October 2009
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