Hit-and-run accused enter guilty pleas
The trial of three men involved in the hit and run of Seth Tera has ended early after the trio entered guilty pleas on Monday.
Sean Hemi Follas, 20, Harley David Robertson, 19, and Patrick Liam Wilson, 19, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to injure.
The trial started in the Rotorua High Court on Monday. It was expected to last a week but instead lasted one day.
The defendants were originally facing charges of being parties to intentionally injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, a more serious charge than they admitted to later in the day.
The trio were in a 4WD driven by Dion Bolt, 19, in Tokoroa on September 12 last year.
At about 3.40am Bolt chased a group of teens which included Seth. In an effort to escape Seth climbed a fence but became stuck.
Bolt ran him down and 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.
Bolt has already been sentenced to seven years and six months’ jail after pleading guilty to attempted murder last month.
Tokoroa Detective Sergeant Kevan Verry was pleased with the outcome.
‘‘This is a pleasing result for the victim, his family and the police. All four persons in the utility vehicle that ran Seth over have been held to account and will be sentenced accordingly.
‘‘Even though the court case is over this incident will never be over for Seth as his injuries will be lifelong, however he is a strong and determined young man and the Tokoroa Police wish him all the best for the future.’’
All three have been remanded on bail for sentencing in February next year.
RELIEVED: Guilty pleas from all four of his attackers will provide some closure for Seth Tera.