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Three Jailed For Kawerau Home Invasion

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Three Jailed For Kawerau Home Invasion

Whakatane, Dec 11 NZPA - Three men involved in a frightening home invasion in the Bay of Plenty in September have been sentenced to prison for terms of up to eight years when they appeared in Whakatane District Court.

The men forced their way into a Kawerau house, armed with a samurai sword, a lump of concrete and a piece of wood.

They terrorised the family there and robbed them of cellphones, cannabis, methamphetamine and $300 in cash.

Starlight Manuel, 25, was sentenced to six years' prison for the part he played in terrorising the family of seven. John-Paul Te Rito, 24, received a sentence of five years 10 months and his brother Godfrey Te Rito, 21, five years four months.

Manuel and John-Paul Te Rito were also involved in the August aggravated robbery of a Kawerau dairy, for which they received an additional two-year prison sentence. Armed with a crowbar, they demanded money from the owners and left with $1200.

Sentencing them on Wednesday, Judge Louis Bidois decided not to impose a minimum non-parole period, saying there had to be some light at the end of the tunnel for the men.

Judge Bidois said it was up to their families to grab the men when they were out of prison and be the hand to lead them on the path to revelation.

"You are right, prison is going to do nothing for them but protection of the community is paramount because what they did is bad."


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