Anaru Turei Tamati Rangihuna
A methamphetamine "retailer" has been given a cumulative prison term which brings his total jail sentence to 11 years.
Judge Raoul Neave described the methamphetamine operation by Anaru Turei Tamati Rangihuna as "the corner shop variety rather than a supermarket or a chain store", Christchurch Court News website reported.
He dealt in methamphetamine to support his own drug habit - and make an income - while he was on the run from the police on a serious violence charge that eventually brought a six-and-a-half year jail term.
When the police raided his Shirley property, they found 2.1g of methamphetamine, $9265 in cash, and a pistol.
The crown also tried to make the point that while he was dealing and in hiding, Rangihuna still managed to buy a $33,000 car.
Rangihuna was jailed by Judge Neave on March 31 for his part in an attack in which he had caused a victim serious on-going injuries by setting a dog on him. The victim was bashed by two other attackers as well.
Since then he has pleaded guilty to charges of possession of methamphetamine, supplying the class A drug, and unlawful possession of a pistol, and was sentenced for those in the Christchurch District Court today.
The pistol was found beneath a dog kennel when the police raided the property.
Defence counsel James Rapley acknowledged Rangihuna had previous convictions for dishonesty and violence but he had no history of dealing in methamphetamine. He had pleaded guilty before trial and had shown a willingness - for the first time - to co-operate with the probation service and get treatment for his drug addiction.
Judge Neave said Rangihuna deserved credit for his new attitude. The latest pre-sentence report was like reading about a different person compared to the report for the sentencing in March.
He noted that police had recorded phone conversations between Rangihuna and his co-offender which indicated significant sums of money were involved.
He had admitted obtaining P from a range of suppliers and said he had become involved primarily to satisfy his own addiction.
"The courts have made it clear that those involved in dealing in drugs, who have possession of firearms, they they must expect to receive cumulative terms," said the judge.
He reduced the term because of the positive features of the pre-sentence report, after the earlier report described someone who was "surly, disobedient, and anti-social". There now appeared to be a genuine desire to address his addiction.
He reduced the sentence further so that the total jail time stretching ahead of Rangihuna would not be crushing, and added four-and-a-half years to the current term for a total of 11 years.
"If you are going to rehabilitate yourself, the community is going to be far better served by allowing that to occur," said Judge Neave.
Date of Birth
1973 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Sentenced to 7 years 6 months in March 2006
Sentenced to 6 years 6 months in March 2010
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Associated Media Links Anaru Terei Tamati Rangihuna - Nathan Finch Lewis Appeal Notes
P dealer jailed 11 years
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