Brothers end up in prison
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.