Broth­ers end up in prison

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Two broth­ers who stole a taxi to drive home to Ro­torua ended up stay­ing in Welling­ton much longer than they in­tended – in prison.

Ne­vada Mita Nouata, 32, and Tainui Tauwhare Cameron, 24, came off the in­ter-is­land ferry late on Au­gust 1 and took a taxi to Porirua.

They changed taxis at Mun­gavin Ave, and trav­elled the short dis­tance to Ap­ple Tce in Ranui, Porirua Dis­trict Court heard last Tues­day.

The driver was asked to stop, and as he got the men’s bags out of the car boot, Nouata punched him in the face.

The broth­ers then tried to drive away in the taxi, but could not get it started de­spite the keys be­ing in the ig­ni­tion. They ran away but were found hid­ing in the bushes a short time later by po­lice.

The broth­ers were charged with as­sault and rob­bery, and were held in cus­tody.

Cameron was re­leased on Tues­day af­ter be­ing con­victed on both charges and sen­tenced to 150 hours’ com­mu­nity work.

His lawyer, Janine Boni­fant, said Nouata was the in­sti­ga­tor of the at­tack, and that Cameron was sorry for his part in it.

‘‘He said he felt great shame for be­ing in­volved.’’

Nouata faced up to 14 years’ jail for his role in the crime. He was con­victed and re­mains in prison for sen­tence on Septem­ber 10.

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