Rikki James Minchington
Timaru Herald story 9th February 2007
Two Timaru youths have each been jailed for over four years for an attack on a 63-year-old American tourist in Timaru in December. Judge Stephen Erber said in the Timaru District Court yesterday that the attack was mindless street thuggery. The victim was kicked and punched in the head, and a muscle became detached from the elbow, requiring an operation in Timaru Hospital. He had since returned to the United States. The judge jailed Rikki James Minchington, 17, for four years and three months on a charge of causing grievous bodily harm, and Eugene Maurice Te Huia, 18, to four years and one month on the same count.
They were jointly charged and pleaded guilty. Minchington was also charged with assaulting another man and assaulting a police officer, also on December 9. Te Huia faced a total of nine charges, including four of intentional damage. Concurrent jail terms were added on the lesser charges. The judge remitted $29,000 in fines Minchington had racked up and ordered Te Huia to pay $4087 in reparation. A victim had said the pair might be salvageable, the judge said, but he doubted their remorse, given their behaviour in the dock. The pair greeted each other with high fives and Te Huia slouched and leant over the front of the dock.
This year, Te Huia was jailed for four weeks for contempt of court after abusing Judge Michael Crosbie. He later apologised, but the judge said the apology was insincere. Minchington's mother ran to his side before he was led from the dock, and friends in the public gallery slapped hands with Te Huia over a high court wall as he was led to police cells. The judge said Te Huia was on bail at the time of the assault but had pulled Minchington off the second victim. Later, Minchington spat in the face and eyes of a police officer. He already had a conviction for carrying an offensive weapon, a dog chain. Counsel Wayne van Vuuren said there was still hope for Minchington. Lawyer Sarah Saunderson-Warner said Te Huia had had a tough childhood.
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Serious unprovoked assault on an American tourist in Timaru in December 2006
Assaulting a police officer, carrying an offensive weapon, driving while licence suspended
At large in Timaru
Eugene Te Huia
Sentenced to 4 years 3 months in February 2007
Parole declined March 2009
Has since been released
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