Attacked teenager focused on recovering
His attacker is behind bars but the ordeal is not over for Seth Tera more than a year after he was brutally attacked in Tokoroa.
Last week Dion Bolt, 19, was sentenced to seven years and six months for the attempted murder of Seth on September 12 last year.
Seth, 16, was left fighting for his life after Bolt ran him down in a 4WD vehicle at 3.40am.
As Seth lay injured on the ground, Bolt took a claw hammer from his vehicle and struck the teen in the head, fracturing his skull.
Sixteen-year-old Seth sat at the back of the High Court in Rotorua and wept as details of the unprovoked attack on him were revealed during the sentencing.
Speaking outside the court, Seth said he had no memory of the attack and wanted to focus on doing well at school.
‘‘ Mum and Dad have been amazing and they are always there to listen to me,’’ he said.
‘‘Dad is really keen for me to get back on the rugby field and is helping me get better.’’
Seth’s mother Liz Tera said, ‘‘The only way we’ve managed to get through this past year is by focusing on Seth and getting him better. I haven’t let myself think about (Bolt) but I still feel for his family. He’s still a baby himself.’’
She was determined Seth would make a full recovery.
‘‘As long as he allows me to keep pushing him he’ll get there.’’
Justice Wylie said the unprovoked attack was ‘‘ appalling offending’’ against a defenceless youth. He imposed a minimum non-parole period of three years and nine months.
Seth suffered a depressed and fractured skull, punctured lungs, multiple broken bones and chest injuries. He needed emergency brain surgery and spent more than three weeks recovering in Waikato Hospital.
Mr Tera said her ‘‘ beautifulnatured child’’ still bore emotional and physical scars from the attack and had endured prolonged and expensive rehabilitation treat- ment. Seth, a talented chess and rugby player, now struggled to focus at school and recall information.
In imposing sentence, Justice Wylie gave Bolt credit for his guilty plea but questioned the extent of his remorse.
Three other men charged in relation to the attack are still before the courts.
RECOVERING: Seth Tera embraces his mother Liz outside Rotorua High Court after his attacker was sentenced.