The Herald reports:
Damian Wereta might be locked up for the next 17 years, but it could have been worse.
The Crown wanted preventive detention — an indefinite term of imprisonment — for the 35-year-old Paremoremo inmate who “shanked” two fellow prisoners.
But this morning Justice Pamela Andrews declined the application, instead jailing Wereta for another 7 years 9 months.
The term will be served on top of the 11 and a half year stint the Black Power member was sentenced to in 2013 for a Dunedin armed robbery and a vicious attack on a group of Corrections officers while on remand.
The father of seven
Remember Labour is proudly campaigning for the rights of people who can’t afford children to have as many as they like!
has an extensive history stretching back to 1997 and features 68 convictions, including an attack on a Crown prosecutor in court.
Sounds like an ideal candidate for preventive detention.
The judge agreed but because the two counts of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm represented Wereta’s second strike, the 93-month sentence would have to be served in full without the chance of parole.
Excellent. Remember again Labour is vowing to repeal this law.
If the law had been in place earlier he would very likely be on a third strike and that means he would have got 14 years, not seven years nine months.