James Hemi Hukanui Reha
Otago Daily Times, March 1998 here
Also see this excellent article from The Listener
The indefinite jail sentence of preventive detention should be used only when there was no other way to protect the public, Justice Gault said in the Court of Appeal yesterday.
The judge was giving the court's decision quashing a preventive detention sentence imposed on convicted murderer James Hemi Hukanui Reha. Instead, the court imposed sentences totalling seven years.
Reha (33) had been given preventive detention for indecencies with a 12-year-old girl whom he forced to perform oral sex. He was also sentenced for assaulting his former partner when she confronted him about the sexual abuse.
In 1984 Reha was convicted of murder after a jury decided he was one of a group who killed a youth on the Petone foreshore so they could take $3 from him. Reha was freed from jail after nine years and was on parole when he committed the present offences.
The absence of reports giving a basis for a high likelihood of re-offending and the absence of any reference to what crime Reha was likely to repeat meant preventive detention was inappropriate. Justice Gault said the fact that Reha was on life parole for murder meant preventive detention was not needed because parole terms meant he could be recalled to jail at any time he was considered a public threat. - NZPA
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