Tasha Maree Whitiora
From a Waikato Times story 22/05/2004
A group of women who meted out a severe beating to two people in central Hamilton in March last year, leaving one of their victims hospitalised, have been sentenced in Hamilton District Court. On Thursday Tristine Atahere Raheke, 20, Haylee Bossy Raheke, 19, Tasha Maree Whitiora, 19, and Charissa Mary Utikere, 18, received jail sentences of between 18 and 24 months for their part in the attack. All were granted leave to apply for home detention. The four were charged with aggravated robbery, while Tristine Raheke and Whitiora faced an additional charge of injuring with intent to injure. Utikere faced an additional, unrelated charge of possession of an offensive weapon.
A fifth member of the group, Kylee Frances Whitiora, 21, was sentenced to 300 hours' community work on a charge of assault. The five women were in the city on March 8 last year when Haylee Raheke approached a woman, who she had gone to school with, in Garden Place and claimed she owed her $20. The woman, who was with a male friend, denied owing any money and walked to a bar on Victoria St to call a taxi. Judge Merelina Burnett noted the victims made a determined effort to get away. Three of the group followed the victims to the bar and demanded the woman come out. The man went to defuse the situation, but the group demanded the woman come out. When she did, she was struck in the face and knocked to the ground.
Her friend, who went to her aid, was repeatedly struck with a baseball bat by Tristine Raheke, who the judge noted was the worst offender, having taken deliberate steps to return with the weapon. Judge Burnett said a bystander was too scared to intervene, fearing for his own safety, but members of the public did call police. The group fled with the woman's wallet when they saw a police car. The woman, who remains fearful of her attackers, suffered cuts and bruising and no longer goes into the city. Her male companion was taken to hospital by ambulance where he received seven stitches. He had suffered ongoing side effects from the head injury he sustained in the attack. Lawyers for the women pointed to their remorse and lack of previous convictions, saying the offending was out of character. The courtroom was packed with family and friends of the defendants, who were concerned how they would cope in jail.
Date of Birth
Unprovoked assault and aggravated robbery of two people in Hamilton in March 2003
Three Strikes Status
Sentenced to 24 months in May 2004
Released March 2005
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