Mama Hooch 'predators': The life and crimes of the Jaz brothers

Danny Jaz (L) and Roberto Jaz have been convicted of rape and a raft of other charges relating to the drugging and sexual assault of women at their family bar and restaurant Mama Hooch and Venuti in Christchurch. Photo / Pool

The “predatory” rapist brothers behind a long-running campaign of drink spiking and sexual assaults at Christchurch bar Mama Hooch have been sentenced to hefty jail terms - the most significant for such offending in New Zealand.

Judge Paul Mabey KC sentenced Roberto Jaz, 38, to 17 years behind bars for offending against eight women.

His older brother Danny Jaz, 40, was jailed for 16 and a half years.

Both men were ordered to serve a minimum of half of their sentences before they are eligible for parole.

Senior crime reporter Anna Leask recounts the story that shocked the country.