Henry Moses Reriti
From the Daily News 14th October 2010
A prolonged attack on one woman and destroying a second woman's spleen have landed a Rotorua man a seven-year jail sentence. Labourer Henry Moses Reriti, 27, pleaded guilty in New Plymouth District Court to wounding his partner with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in Stratford on August 1 and recklessly attacking a former partner in Rotorua on July 27, 2006, also causing grievous bodily harm.
Judge Allan Roberts said that if Reriti had received rehabilitation through the courts after the 2006 assault, the second might not have happened. Reriti had a consistent pattern of family violence and remained at risk of reoffending until he could deal with his problems, the judge said. "Your violence meted out to women is of an elevated level." Reriti also admitted two charges each of dangerous driving and failing to stop after he fled from police following the August 1 attack at their Stratford flat.
The court heard that on the night of the attack Reriti and his partner, who had moved from Rotorua to Taranaki, had been drinking and started arguing. When his partner kicked his guitar he became enraged and struck her so hard the guitar broke. Over the next two hours, he locked the door, closed the curtains, took her cellphone off her, kicked her with his steel-capped work boots and struck her with closed fist punches.
After one punch in the head, she blacked out, waking to find him straddled over her, pinning down her arms on the bed. "Let's take it to the death, then," he told her and pressed his forearm across her neck, leaving her struggling to breathe. He punched her in the stomach, pinched and twisted her breasts and scratched her stomach, making her bleed. It was only when two men arrived outside that she managed to call out to them and escaped. Twice that night police pursued him in his vehicle as he tried to evade them.
At 11pm he was finally arrested when he lost control and crashed north of Hawera. His victim was left with extensive bruising all over her body, a torn bottom lip requiring seven stitches and a cut hand. Her right eye was so badly bruised it was swollen shut. The court also heard of the assault on his former partner in Rotorua. He had punched her so hard in the stomach at their home that her spleen was ruptured and had to be removed. Judge Roberts ordered Reriti to serve a minimum four years and eight months in jail and disqualified him from driving for 15 months.
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Assaulted his ex-partner recklessly causing her grevious bodily harm in Rotorua in July 2006
Wounded his new partner with intent to do grevious bodily harm in Stratford in August 2010
Also two charges each of dangerous driving and failing to stop for police
Sentenced to 7 years with a 4 year 8 month non-parole period in October 2010
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