Hayden Te Whaitirangi Tukaki
Sentenced to life imprisonment with a 10 year minimum non-parole period in March 2004
Sentence reduced to 7 years with a 4 year non-parole period after retrial in April 2007
Earliest parole date August 2007
NZ Herald story here
Youth Court decision here
From the Waikato Times 27th April 2007
The daughter of a Hamilton man bashed to death four years ago says she and her family feel "ripped off" by the jail terms handed down to the killers. Ms Lockhart told the Waikato Times yesterday that the sentence was what she had expected but she was disappointed Tukaki could be out of prison as soon as August (2007) if he was approved for parole. "I feel ripped off because my dad lost his life, and nothing is going to stack up to that. "It (the sentence) is what I expected, but the worst thing is that we live in the same town . . . I may have to see him (Tukaki) in the street and that doesn't seem fair. "Dad was a very loved person and it isn't fair that my family doesn't have him any more."
The court was told the beating was so severe he had extensive head injuries, a ruptured liver and seven fractured ribs. As Tukaki has been in custody for almost four years, he can apply to be out on parole as early as August (2007). Justice Patrick Keane said Barlow, Tukaki and a now-dead associate had been drinking and smoking cannabis with Lockhart, a slightly-built man, before the assault. They had gone out to get cigarettes and more alcohol when, for reasons that were unclear, Lockhart was dragged from the car and kicked and punched to the ground in a severe and sustained attack, he said. Tukaki had "downplayed" his role by saying he had gone only to assist Barlow and that he had stopped his part in the assault before the others, Justice Keane said. "There was blood on your clothes and shoes ... the jury did not consider you to be equally culpable but your part cannot have been negligible," he said.
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Beat Hamilton man Robert Lockhart to death in August 2003 - over a cask of wine
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