Daniel Raniera Rawenata
From the Dominion 25th April 1998
Upper Hutt Mongrel Mob president Raniera Rawenata was sentenced in the High Court at Wellington yesterday to four years' jail on four charges of drug supply. About a dozen gang members and family, including children, sat quietly in the public gallery during the sentencing by Justice McGechan.Rawenata, 37, a bone carver, had previously pleaded guilty in Upper Hutt District Court to a charge of possessing a class A drug (lsd tablets) for supply, two charges of possessing class B drugs (amphetamines and cannabis oil) for supply, and one charge of possessing a class C drug (cannabis plant) for supply.
Defence counsel Paul Paino said Rawenata had freely helped police inquiries and that his gang affiliations were not relevant to the charges because he was supplying only a small circle of acquaintances. Justice McGechan accepted challenges to a police estimate that the drugs' street value was between $24,000 and $28,500 because Rawenata was selling to a restricted circle of acquaintances rather than for profit. But Ian Murray for the Crown said the operation was a "one-stop drug store" involving gang connections.
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Party to the gang rape and unlawful sexual connection of a 17 year old girl in Palmerston North in December 1990
Also he assaulted her and injured her with intent to cause grievous bodily harm
A lengthy list of previous convictions, including dealing class A and class B drugs, none for sexual offences
Tracey Anne Rawenata
Sentenced to 4 years 7 months in July 1991
Sentenced to another 4 years in April 1998
Due for release October 2000
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