Timothy John Kuka
A man who robbed Christchurch teenager Hayden Miles just hours before he was brutally murdered and dismembered has escaped jail today.
Timothy John Kuka, 37, last month pleaded guilty to an amended charge of demanding with menace a cellphone, iPod and a cask of wine from 15-year-old Hayden on August 22, 2011.
Kuka would have been one of the last people to see Hayden alive before he was killed by Gavin John Gosnell at a Cashel St flat that same day.
Kuka, an unemployed man from Parklands in Christchurch, had his name suppressed after he first appeared in court on a robbery charge. His identity was protected throughout Gosnell's trial.
At Christchurch District Court today, Hayden's devastated mum Jacqui Miles told Kuka she hoped he would "never hurt a young boy again".
A distressed Hayden phoned his mum after the assault, saying he'd been jumped from behind and knocked to the ground.
"That phone call will always haunt me - a cry for help from Hayden," Ms Miles said in her victim impact statement.
She was glad that Kuka pleaded guilty, saving the family from the torment of another trial, and said they could now have "closure with the justice system".
Date of Birth
1977 (D.O.B. is approximate)
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No jail for man who robbed Hayden Miles
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