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Extra Six Months In Jail For Violent Prison Escaper

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Auckland, May 22 NZPA - A violent inmate who fled from a prison work party in January has been sentenced to an extra six months in jail.

Arai Hema had been in prison for the last 10 years for brutal assaults, but was classified as a minimum risk when he ran off from a work party at Auckland Prison at Paremoremo on January 21.

He was arrested on February 13 by police in Hamilton.

Hema was given a six month cumulative sentence at North Shore District Court this week, which Detective Sergeant Steve Brewer from North Shore CIB believes will not make much difference to him.

"He'll have to start again as that's how he'll be viewed by the parole board.

"I interviewed him and he basically just walked away from Paremoremo, and it looked like he didn't have any help.

"He claimed he knows nobody in Auckland so nobody comes to visit him, so he just walked away from the work party while they were on the border of Auckland Prison at Paremoremo."

Mr Brewer added that Hema had siblings overseas and an elderly mother in Hawke's Bay.

Hema was to be considered for parole next year but without parole was not due to be released until 2016.

He was jailed after attacking a teenage girl and trying to rape her in Napier in 1998. He also attacked the girl's 76-year-old neighbour who went to her aid, slashing him with a knife leaving him requiring 400 stitches. The neighbour died last year.

Hema had his sentence extended after attacking three guards at Hawke's Bay Prison in 2004, throwing boiling water over one of them.

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