Jailed for his part in house bus attack

Plus a 'three strikes' warning

Plus a 'three strikes' warning

Gisborne Courthouse. File picture by Rebecca Grunwell

A man asleep in his house bus on Kowhai Street was woken in the early hours of the morning by a couple who beat him up over a neighbourly dispute, Gisborne District Court has heard. The man told police he was repeatedly punched and possibly hit with something solid. Skin on his mouth, nose and forehead split, creating raised open wounds. The couple — Vicky Rose Soloman and Cyril Kaui — have now both been sentenced.

Soloman, sentenced in April this year, was jailed for three years, nine months on charges of aggravated burglary, injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and assault.

Kaui was sentenced late last week by Judge Warren Cathcart, who imposed five years, nine months imprisonment and gave Kaui a Three Strikes warning. Kaui had pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, burglary with a weapon and assault with a weapon. The sentence was reduced by three months for remorse Kaui had shown and in lieu of his fines debt ($749), which was wiped.

Counsel Doug Rishworth reminded the court a summary of facts was amended to reflect Kaui, although holding an axe at the scene, had not used it on the principal complainant. Mr Rishworth said Kaui’s guilty plea might have come sooner were it not for a lot of angst between Kaui and Soloman — “a volatile character” — over their respective roles in the incident. While Kaui could not seek credit for his belated pleas, they were indicative of some remorse and insight he now had.

According to the amended summary, Soloman complained to the victim the afternoon before the attack about the way people at his property were driving. She became angry and when leaving had yelled, “I’ll come back with the Mob and I’ll sort you out first”. About 2.45am the following day she and Kaui returned. Kaui was holding an axe.

The victim was woken by the sound of the sliding door to his bus being opened. It was unlocked. Soloman swore at the man and told Kaui to “get him babe”. They both began punching the man, who tried to protect himself with a pillow.

The man said it felt like he was punched 20 to 30 times, the blows landing on the side of his head and about his body. He felt something solid hit him in the face followed by a couple more punches. He looked up to see Kaui with something in his hands, as if he was about to strike him with it.

The man’s son, who heard the assault from his house nearby, was going to his father’s aid when Kaui and Soloman exited the house bus and confronted him. Kaui swung the log-splitter axe at the second man’s legs. The sharp end of it narrowly missed connecting. Soloman pushed Kaui and said, “not him”. When the second victim asked Soloman what could possibly have warranted the attack, she punched him in the mouth.

Kaui told Soloman they should leave before police arrived. She complied but told the victims, “if the cops come, we will be back with heaps more”. When police arrived, the victims pointed out the couple’s house and told officers Kaui had an eye injury. Kaui and Soloman refused to answer their door to police who entered under a search authority. An axe was also found at the house.

Kaui and Soloman denied any involvement in the attack. When officers asked about his eye injury, Kaui said there were probably a lot of people with such injuries.

A man asleep in his house bus on Kowhai Street was woken in the early hours of the morning by a couple who beat him up over a neighbourly dispute, Gisborne District Court has heard. The man told police he was repeatedly punched and possibly hit with something solid. Skin on his mouth, nose and forehead split, creating raised open wounds. The couple — Vicky Rose Soloman and Cyril Kaui — have now both been sentenced.

Soloman, sentenced in April this year, was jailed for three years, nine months on charges of aggravated burglary, injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and assault.

Kaui was sentenced late last week by Judge Warren Cathcart, who imposed five years, nine months imprisonment and gave Kaui a Three Strikes warning. Kaui had pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, burglary with a weapon and assault with a weapon. The sentence was reduced by three months for remorse Kaui had shown and in lieu of his fines debt ($749), which was wiped.

Counsel Doug Rishworth reminded the court a summary of facts was amended to reflect Kaui, although holding an axe at the scene, had not used it on the principal complainant. Mr Rishworth said Kaui’s guilty plea might have come sooner were it not for a lot of angst between Kaui and Soloman — “a volatile character” — over their respective roles in the incident. While Kaui could not seek credit for his belated pleas, they were indicative of some remorse and insight he now had.

According to the amended summary, Soloman complained to the victim the afternoon before the attack about the way people at his property were driving. She became angry and when leaving had yelled, “I’ll come back with the Mob and I’ll sort you out first”. About 2.45am the following day she and Kaui returned. Kaui was holding an axe.

The victim was woken by the sound of the sliding door to his bus being opened. It was unlocked. Soloman swore at the man and told Kaui to “get him babe”. They both began punching the man, who tried to protect himself with a pillow.

The man said it felt like he was punched 20 to 30 times, the blows landing on the side of his head and about his body. He felt something solid hit him in the face followed by a couple more punches. He looked up to see Kaui with something in his hands, as if he was about to strike him with it.

The man’s son, who heard the assault from his house nearby, was going to his father’s aid when Kaui and Soloman exited the house bus and confronted him. Kaui swung the log-splitter axe at the second man’s legs. The sharp end of it narrowly missed connecting. Soloman pushed Kaui and said, “not him”. When the second victim asked Soloman what could possibly have warranted the attack, she punched him in the mouth.

Kaui told Soloman they should leave before police arrived. She complied but told the victims, “if the cops come, we will be back with heaps more”. When police arrived, the victims pointed out the couple’s house and told officers Kaui had an eye injury. Kaui and Soloman refused to answer their door to police who entered under a search authority. An axe was also found at the house.

Kaui and Soloman denied any involvement in the attack. When officers asked about his eye injury, Kaui said there were probably a lot of people with such injuries.

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