Joshua Buddy-Jo Francis Tua
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From the Manawatu Standard 5th February 2011
While he booted a friend's head like a rugby ball, an enraged Foxton man felt pride and joy when blood started oozing out of his victim's ears. "You claimed that you were deliberately aiming for the temple area and you were wearing steel-capped boots at the time," Judge Nevin Dawson said yesterday in the Palmerston North District Court. Joshua Buddy-Jo Francis Tua, 22, was then told he could have killed his friend who lay defenceless on the ground while his head was being kicked in. "You became enraged during the course of kicking him," Judge Dawson said. "You said that you felt as though you were kicking a rugby ball with full force."
Tua was sentenced to eight years, six months' imprisonment for causing grievous bodily harm with intent in August 2009 to Scott Michael Luxton, aged 19 at the time. "In your own words you said that you knew what you were doing and were overcome with joy and pride when you were kicking [him]," Judge Dawson said. A minimum non-parole period of five years was imposed. Tua is currently serving a two year, six month sentence for assaulting his pregnant partner and her pre-school child. He has 17 previous convictions, including six for violence offences. Despite being in jail, his grandmother Carolyn Gilbert hadn't given up on Tua. She writes to him frequently and visits him at Manawatu Prison every Thursday, she told the Manawatu Standard yesterday from her Foxton home.
"I think it's a big wake up call for him. "I'm disgusted at what happened but he had been having problems since he was 17." Mrs Gilbert said Tua was full of angst at the time of the incident. "I think Joshua had a lot of anger and that's what happened with the young boy ... he was in the wrong place at the wrong time." Tua, who was supported in court by his mother, hung his head as details of the frenzied attack were relayed. He and Mr Luxton had been drinking together after meeting at community probation services in Foxton. Tua admitted from about 6pm he planned to unleash his fury on his friend, who was alleged to be responsible for burglaries in the Horowhenua town. Later in the night, Tua "snapped"; he punched Mr Luxton twice, pulled him to the ground and kicked him eight times, Judge Dawson said. Within four kicks Mr Luxton's head had split open and blood was running out of his ears.
Police came across the bashed man, who had been dragged by Tua's associates away from the Foxton house. Mr Luxton was taken to Palmerston North Hospital with multiple skull fractures, bleeding to both sides of his brain, a broken arm and grazes on his face. Tua was arrested by police the following day when he tried to jump in front of a truck on State Highway 1. Crown prosecutor Chris Shannon said a minimum non-parole period was needed as the "extreme violence" was premeditated and Tua was deemed at high risk of reoffending. Defence Lawyer Stephen Ross said Tua was not wearing steel capped boots during the attack and some of the injuries were from being dragged. He said Tua was not capable of dealing with stress and had been diagnosed with depression.
Date of Birth
Grevious bodily harm of a Foxton man with intent in August 2009
Had 17 previous convictions including 6 for violence offences
Sentenced to 8 years 6 months with a 5 year non-parole period in February 2011
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