Background from THE PRESS Nov 9, 2002
Two teenagers, one described as a "feral predator" by a judge, have received stiff jail sentences for their parts in a burglary in which a policeman was badly injured.A police dog-handler, first on the scene at the Shirley house, had facial fractures after being bludgeoned with a cricket bat. His dog was also injured.Iefata Sanele, 19, was jailed for six years with a minimum non- parole period of four years. Christchurch District Court judge Stephen Erber called him "a feral predator with an inclination for violence".
His co-offender, Hashish Wrathall, 18, was jailed for four years.Sanele had admitted charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated wounding, and seven counts of burglary.Wrathall admitted aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, and two counts of burglary.The most serious charges faced by the pair related to the Shirley house burglary. When a police dog-handler arrived with his dog, Sanele, hiding in a bedroom, struck the officer with a cricket bat, breaking his cheekbone and eye-socket, and dislocating his jaw. The dog was also struck. Wrathall was holding a bottle, but did not strike.Judge Erber described Sanele's offending as grave.
The police officer had to take at least a month off work, the incident had affected his family, and the aggravating factors were many.The courts always regarded assaults on police as particularly serious, he said.In the case of Wrathall it was clear he did not hit the officer but it seemed apparent he was ready for violence by taking up the bottle and lying in wait.The aggravated robbery related to an unprovoked attack on a 13- year-old boy. Wrathall had joined in by raining punches on him, and items of his clothing were taken, including his trousers. He suffered blurred vision and concussion.More than $10,000 of property was taken in the two burglaries in which he was involved.
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Aggravated burglary, aggravated wounding of a policeman, seven counts of burglary in 2002 in Christchurch
Also drink driving convictions
Sentenced to 6 years with a 4 year minimum non-parole period in November 2002
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