Tairon McLean Tuhou
Sentenced to 10 years 3 months in August 1998
Sentenced to preventive detention with a 12 year non-parole period in September 2008
Eligible for possible release September 2020
Hawkes Bay Today story here with sentence detailed here
Crown prosecutors are seeking an order which could see one of Hawke's Bay's worst sex offenders jailed forever, after he was found guilty this week of sexually violating a 64-year-old woman in a random burglary in Hastings - 10 years after a horrifying similar attack in Napier.
A jury in the High Court in Napier took barely an hour to find 30-year-old Tairon Tuhou guilty on three charges of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, one of robbery, one of assaulting a female and one of burglary relating to the latest attack early on the morning of July 27 last year. He was also found guilty on a charge of burgling another house two nights earlier, in the absence of the young mother and child who lived there.
Crown prosecutor Steve Manning signified an intention to seek a preventive detention sentence and Justice Alan MacKenzie ordered the appropriate reports as he remanded Tuhou in custody for sentence on August 29. On December 6, 1997, Tuhou, then aged 20, broke into the home of a 43-year-old woman in Kennedy Road, Napier, about 3am and dragged her at knifepoint to the grounds of Napier Intermediate School, and raped her. While her disappearance was discovered about half an hour later, the woman was not found until about 5.20am, staggering out of the school grounds with cuts to the head, a knife wound to a hand and bruising.
Found trying to hide under bushes nearby, Tuhou was later sentenced to 10 years' jail for rape and lesser concurrent terms for sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, abduction, wounding with intent to injure and aggravated burglary. He was soon back into action after his release, committing further offences of a domestic violence nature, possession of cannabis and unlawful possession of a pistol, earning another sentence of three months' jail in 2006. Tuhou denied that he was the person involved in last year's events in Hastings, during which he tried to cover his tracks by spreading pepper around the two houses.
There were 16 prosecution witnesses, including the victim, who told how the attack continued for some time before Tuhou left and she called a friend about 4am to raise the alarm. No witnesses were called by the defence, headed by barrister Eric Forster.
Date of Birth
1977 (D.O.B. is approximate)
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Associated Media Links Sex acts cost man 12 years, no parole
Tairon McLean Tuhou Sentencing Notes
OFFENCES / CONVICTIONS
|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|11-09-2008||Sentencing Date is approx||High Court Napier||Sexual violation||07-07-2007||Preventive Detention||▼|