Otago Daily Times
Bashing robbery puts trio in prison
NAPIER: Three men will spend about four years in jail after bashing a man and to leaving him to die in Hastings.
Steven Matthew Kingi (40), Stewart Hubbard and Jessee Burns (both 27) pleaded guilty to manslaughter and aggravated robbery in November.
They were sentenced in the High Court at Napier yesterday.
In April 2019, they attacked Filipino national Jermaine Ramos after he did not pay a sex worker for services.
They assaulted him with a glass vase then fled the scene.
Ramos was still alive after the attack, but died later having not received any medical treatment.
Justice Francis Cooke sentenced Kingi to four years and two months because of his lead role in the assault.
Burns was sentenced to four years in prison, while Hubbard was sentenced to three years and 10 months.
On March 30, 2019, Ramos arranged to meet a sex worker, who was an associate of the three men.
He lived in Waipukurau but drove to Hastings and met the woman, where he took her to a motel, agreeing to pay for sex and methamphetamine.
The next morning, the woman left the motel in a taxi after an argument with Ramos.
Justice Cooke said she felt disrespected at a request for another sex worker to participate and she had not received payment for her services in full.
Ramos said he would pay the outstanding balance online.
Two days later, she had not received payment so contacted Kingi and spoke about how she could obtain it.
Kingi suggested she lure Ramos back to her home in Akina, Hastings and rob him.
The trio met the woman, and she told them she did not want violence.
Ramos arrived at her home, after withdrawing $640. He was invited inside and when the woman went into a bedroom to check on her young child, the trio entered the address and assaulted Ramos.
Ramos had consumed methamphetamine and had a narrowing of a vessel on his heart. The pathologist ruled that the death was a combination of the assault, methamphetamine and the heart condition.
None of the three men were given a minimum period of imprisonment.
The sex worker was sentenced last year for her role in the aggravated robbery. — RNZ