Left naked, clad in rubbish bag

Attacker wielding screwdrivers jailed for assaults.

Attacker wielding screwdrivers jailed for assaults.

Stripped of his clothes and attacked in Reads Quay early one morning, a man covered himself with a bag from a rubbish bin and ran to the police station, Gisborne District Court was told.

The assailant, Wiremu Koia, 29, a stranger to him, was located soon afterwards in possession of the man’s phone.

Koia, who appeared for sentence by Judge Allan Roberts, was jailed for 15 months with six months release conditions.

He pleaded guilty to charges arising from the incident on April 7 — injuring with intent to injure, possession of an offensive weapon (two screwdrivers) and theft of the phone.

The sentence also covered unrelated charges arising out of a separate incident on July 11 — assault on a female (his mother) and wilful damage.

The court heard Koia was intoxicated when he attacked the 50-year-old stranger in Read’s Quay at about 3am.

He was verbally abusive as he approached the man and had a screwdriver in each hand, the tips pointing outward.

The man said he didn’t want to fight and turned in the opposite direction but Koia chased and grabbed him, held him up against a concrete wall on a nearby bridge and punched him numerous times about the head as cars travelled past.

When the man bent over to protect his head, Koia continued to punch him, threw him to the ground, and punched and kicked him some more.

With Koia restraining him at one point by his jacket, the man slipped free and tried to run but then Koia grabbed him by the trousers and pulled them off him.

The man was finally able to run away, naked.

He arrived at the police station, covering himself with a bag out of a bin, and with bruises, grazes, swelling about his chest and knees, and a cut above his eyes.

There was no reason for the attack. He could not understand it, the man told the court.

The later incident also occurred in the early hours of morning and was prompted by Koia’s mother’s advice to him that police had visited to check on his bail compliance. Upset and irate, Koia kicked in walls, and abused and punched his mother.

When she called out to her husband to phone police, Koia smashed her cell phone and pushed her on to a couch.

Judge Roberts said he suspected alcohol was a long-term issue for Koia and noted Koia’s comment to the author of his pre-sentence report that “(negative) things happened” for him after he consumed alcohol.

Koia had 18 previous convictions, including four that resulted in prison terms, the judge said.

Some of the convictions were highly relevant to this offending, including two assaults on females in 2016, threatening language, trespass and weapons offences.

Koia’s primary support people were his mother and father. Theirs was the only address available to him for home detention, for which he was considered a suitable candidate.

While his mother was still willing to sponsor him on that sentence, the probation service had ruled it out due to her being a recent victim of Koia’s violence.

Koia was willing to attend a restorative justice meeting with the victim of the Reads Quay assault, who was also willing. However, the meeting did not go ahead due to current understaffing at the restorative justice service.

Counsel Tiana Epati said Koia’s remorse was genuine. The probation service referred to it in a pre-sentence report.

Judge Roberts set a starting point for the injuring charge of 18 months imprisonment, uplifting it by six months for Koia’s attack on his mother.

There was four months discrete discount for remorse. The judge accepted restorative justice would have occurred and that should be acknowledged. There was a full 25 percent discount for guilty pleas.

Release conditions include assessments and programmes as necessary for family violence and alcohol and other drug abuse.

An order was made for the destruction of the screwdrivers.

Stripped of his clothes and attacked in Reads Quay early one morning, a man covered himself with a bag from a rubbish bin and ran to the police station, Gisborne District Court was told.

The assailant, Wiremu Koia, 29, a stranger to him, was located soon afterwards in possession of the man’s phone.

Koia, who appeared for sentence by Judge Allan Roberts, was jailed for 15 months with six months release conditions.

He pleaded guilty to charges arising from the incident on April 7 — injuring with intent to injure, possession of an offensive weapon (two screwdrivers) and theft of the phone.

The sentence also covered unrelated charges arising out of a separate incident on July 11 — assault on a female (his mother) and wilful damage.

The court heard Koia was intoxicated when he attacked the 50-year-old stranger in Read’s Quay at about 3am.

He was verbally abusive as he approached the man and had a screwdriver in each hand, the tips pointing outward.

The man said he didn’t want to fight and turned in the opposite direction but Koia chased and grabbed him, held him up against a concrete wall on a nearby bridge and punched him numerous times about the head as cars travelled past.

When the man bent over to protect his head, Koia continued to punch him, threw him to the ground, and punched and kicked him some more.

With Koia restraining him at one point by his jacket, the man slipped free and tried to run but then Koia grabbed him by the trousers and pulled them off him.

The man was finally able to run away, naked.

He arrived at the police station, covering himself with a bag out of a bin, and with bruises, grazes, swelling about his chest and knees, and a cut above his eyes.

There was no reason for the attack. He could not understand it, the man told the court.

The later incident also occurred in the early hours of morning and was prompted by Koia’s mother’s advice to him that police had visited to check on his bail compliance. Upset and irate, Koia kicked in walls, and abused and punched his mother.

When she called out to her husband to phone police, Koia smashed her cell phone and pushed her on to a couch.

Judge Roberts said he suspected alcohol was a long-term issue for Koia and noted Koia’s comment to the author of his pre-sentence report that “(negative) things happened” for him after he consumed alcohol.

Koia had 18 previous convictions, including four that resulted in prison terms, the judge said.

Some of the convictions were highly relevant to this offending, including two assaults on females in 2016, threatening language, trespass and weapons offences.

Koia’s primary support people were his mother and father. Theirs was the only address available to him for home detention, for which he was considered a suitable candidate.

While his mother was still willing to sponsor him on that sentence, the probation service had ruled it out due to her being a recent victim of Koia’s violence.

Koia was willing to attend a restorative justice meeting with the victim of the Reads Quay assault, who was also willing. However, the meeting did not go ahead due to current understaffing at the restorative justice service.

Counsel Tiana Epati said Koia’s remorse was genuine. The probation service referred to it in a pre-sentence report.

Judge Roberts set a starting point for the injuring charge of 18 months imprisonment, uplifting it by six months for Koia’s attack on his mother.

There was four months discrete discount for remorse. The judge accepted restorative justice would have occurred and that should be acknowledged. There was a full 25 percent discount for guilty pleas.

Release conditions include assessments and programmes as necessary for family violence and alcohol and other drug abuse.

An order was made for the destruction of the screwdrivers.