Steven Tawini Rakuraku
A man who killed a sickness beneficiary with a taiaha has today been sentenced to 17 years jail.
A High Court jury found Steven Tiwini Rakuraku guilty in June of the murder of Hastings man Johnny Charles Wright, 50, who disappeared on June 21, 2011.
Mr Wright's family clapped and shouted "rot in hell" as Rakuraku was lead to the holding cells from the court room.
Rakuraku, 40, committed multiple crimes, involving four victims, in 2010 and 2011 throughout the Central North Island.
The victims included Mr Wright, a Rotorua man, whom Rakuraku kidnapped, beat and forced to drive to Hawkes Bay, a Hastings man he befriended and assaulted to help evade police custody, and his former partner.
Rakuraku, who represented himself during the trial, was found not guilty of threatening to kill one of the complainants.
Mr Wright was bashed and "pelted" by Rakuraku with the Maori war weapon in a Hastings Flat and later buried in a shallow grave near Eskdale, north of Napier.
Date of Birth
1974 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Johnny Charles Wright
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OFFENCES / CONVICTIONS
|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|12-12-2014||Sentencing Date is approx||High Court Napier||Murder||21-6-2011||Life Imprisonment||▼|