Noel Winiata Waho
Assault with a weapon, armed robbery, multiple burglaries, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, threatening to kill, fraud, possessing an offensive weapon, disorderly behaviour, and breaching parole
Plus other violent convictions including one for rape and unlawful sexual connection
Was sentenced to 5 years in May 1999
Was sentenced to 2 years in early 2003
Has reoffended again since
Sentenced to an unknown period for other crimes
Released June 2011
Sentenced to 6 months to be followed by rehabilitation programmes in July 2011
Otago Daily Times story here
Prison was the only realistic sentence for a man who threatened to kill another man and narrowly missed striking him with a machete, Judge John Macdonald said in the Dunedin District Court yesterday when sentencing Noel Winiata Waho (32), unemployed.
Waho earlier admitted charges of assault using a machete, threatening to kill and possessing an offensive weapon, all the offences occurring in Nelson last December. He also admitted receiving a stolen cheque, fraudulently using it to obtain $520, and behaving in a disorderly manner.
Counsel Anne Stevens asked that Waho be given a chance under the treatment programme at Moana House. The defendant had years of institutionalisation and another jail sentence would hold no fears for him, she said. But Judge Macdonald said the offending with the machete was particularly serious. Waho had a list of convictions running to eight pages, reflecting offending and had served several lengthy prison terms, including one for rape. Letters from Moana House indicated the defendant was suitable for the programme, but he was regarded as a serious safety risk to the community.
Had Waho not pleaded guilty, the sentence would probably have been three years but he would reduce that to reflect the defendant's guilty pleas. On the charges of assaulting the other man with a machete and threatening to kill him, Waho was sentenced to two years jail with concurrent terms of six months for receiving and using the stolen document and for possessing an offensive weapon. He was convicted and discharged on the disorderly behaviour offence and given leave to apply for home detention.
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At large in Phillipstown, Christchurch
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