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Gisborne Courthouse

■ TWO people pushed their way into a woman’s house and beat her because one of them was sick of what the woman was saying on Facebook, Gisborne District Court has been told.

Elliot Dennis Waikari, 23, and co-offender Luana Anderson, 25, each pleaded guilty to jointly-laid charges of injuring with intent to injure and burglary with intent to commit assault.

Anderson pleaded not guilty to an additional charge of theft in relation to items allegedly taken from the complainant.

Counsel Alistair Clarke said the charge would likely be resolved after further discussions.

Judge Warren Cathcart remanded the pair for sentence on July 28.

Anderson was granted further bail. A report into her suitability for an electronically-monitored sentence was ordered.

Waikari, who has previous convictions, was refused bail and a report was ordered, traversing his suitability for an electronically-monitored sentence option.

Judge Cathcart said the home invasion aspect of the offending meant starting points of imprisonment were likely.

Waikari and Anderson knocked on the door of the complainant’s house, and pushed their way in when she tried to shut it. They grabbed her by the hair and dragged her into the bathroom.

In an assault lasting about five minutes, Anderson punched the woman 40 to 50 times in the back of the head. Waikari kicked her three or four times in the head before fleeing.

The complainant suffered multiple injuries including bruises.

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■ Arrested last year after police executed a search warrant, Hemokai Aupouri Akuhaata, 21, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis for supply to persons aged over 18.

He was remanded on bail for a report and sentence on June 9.

The report willl canvass Akuhaata’s suitability for an electronically-monitored sentence.

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■ Newbury Laurie James Edwardson, 39, pleaded not guilty to an amended charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He was further remanded on bail for a case review hearing on July 28.

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■ TWO people pushed their way into a woman’s house and beat her because one of them was sick of what the woman was saying on Facebook, Gisborne District Court has been told.

Elliot Dennis Waikari, 23, and co-offender Luana Anderson, 25, each pleaded guilty to jointly-laid charges of injuring with intent to injure and burglary with intent to commit assault.

Anderson pleaded not guilty to an additional charge of theft in relation to items allegedly taken from the complainant.

Counsel Alistair Clarke said the charge would likely be resolved after further discussions.

Judge Warren Cathcart remanded the pair for sentence on July 28.

Anderson was granted further bail. A report into her suitability for an electronically-monitored sentence was ordered.

Waikari, who has previous convictions, was refused bail and a report was ordered, traversing his suitability for an electronically-monitored sentence option.

Judge Cathcart said the home invasion aspect of the offending meant starting points of imprisonment were likely.

Waikari and Anderson knocked on the door of the complainant’s house, and pushed their way in when she tried to shut it. They grabbed her by the hair and dragged her into the bathroom.

In an assault lasting about five minutes, Anderson punched the woman 40 to 50 times in the back of the head. Waikari kicked her three or four times in the head before fleeing.

The complainant suffered multiple injuries including bruises.

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■ Arrested last year after police executed a search warrant, Hemokai Aupouri Akuhaata, 21, pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis for supply to persons aged over 18.

He was remanded on bail for a report and sentence on June 9.

The report willl canvass Akuhaata’s suitability for an electronically-monitored sentence.

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■ Newbury Laurie James Edwardson, 39, pleaded not guilty to an amended charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He was further remanded on bail for a case review hearing on July 28.

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