Edwin John Tuhua
Christchurch Press story 3rd August 2011
The Crown has asked for reports to consider an open-ended preventive detention sentence for Edwin John Tuhua, assessed as a high-risk offender. At a Christchurch District Court trial before a judge alone in December, the 39-year-old was found guilty of several charges, including house burglaries and indecent assaults on two women he found home alone. Crown prosecutor Sally Carter asked for the reports in a session at the Christchurch Men's Prison yesterday. Judge Raoul Neave ordered reports from a psychiatrist and psychologist so the case could be considered for sentence in the High Court, which can impose preventive detention.
He remanded Tuhua to September 14 for those reports to be considered. They will assess Tuhua's likely future risk. Tuhua was found guilty of 15 charges, including house burglaries, indecent assaults on two women, robbery and having an offensive weapon. Tuhua would kick or force doors open while people were asleep in their houses. He would grab cash, wallets and handbags and take off before people could react. In two burglaries, when he found women alone, the Crown said he lifted the nightgown and touched one of them and removed the pyjama pants of the other. He was convicted at trial of indecently assaulting and robbing the women.
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Indecent assault (x3), robbery of two women, burglary (x9), and unlawful possession of a knife in the Christchurch area in 2008
Sentence to be updated
The Crown had sought reports so preventive detention could be considered, remanded until September 2011
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