Women who beat and tied up man jailed

By Katie Holland of The Daily Post -
File photo / NZ Herald
File photo / NZ Herald

Two Rotorua women who bashed a man over the head with a frying pan then tied him up, gagged him and robbed him have been jailed.

Anihau Hunuhunu and Alyssa Paige Mita, both 21, were sentenced in the Rotorua District Court today to four years each in prison after previously pleading guilty to aggravated robbery and kidnapping.

The women tied the man's hands and feet with electrical cord and gagged his mouth with socks. They then stole his plasma TV, laptop, computer equipment, more than $300 cash, alcohol, a cellphone and took his Eftpos card and demanded the pin number.

The pair loaded the property into the man's car and left in it. The car was later recovered but most of the property, valued at more than $7000, was disposed of.

Judge Cooper said the victim had escaped with cuts, bruises and grazes but it could have been worse given he was hit over the head. He said the man, who had since left Rotorua, had suffered emotional distress and flashbacks.

Hunuhunu's lawyer Moana Dorset accepted there had been some level of premeditation to the attack on the part of her client.

"It resulted from a slow burning anger that had gone on for some years due to the unhealthy nature of the relationship [with the victim]," she said.

"Something cracked and she thought I am going to deal with this one way or another. She dealt with it wrongly of course."

Harry Edward, acting for Mita, said his client had not known what was going to happen and had not gone to the house with a weapon.

Both lawyers said their clients were remorseful and had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

In sentencing, Judge Cooper said he had taken into account the fact there were two offenders, there had been an aspect of kidnapping and it happened in the man's own home. He also took into account both women's previous convictions for burglary and the fact Mita was serving a sentence of community detention when the offending happened.

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