Teenager beaten up by trio fol­low­ing bur­glary

Taranaki Daily News - - News - Deena Coster

A teen bur­glar was on the re­ceiv­ing end of vi­o­lent ret­ri­bu­tion only 12 hours af­ter his crime.

On Oc­to­ber 19, a drunk Datanyon Jah­mali Toe­toe-Ta­iapo walked through an in­se­cure door of a Broad­way, Waitara, ad­dress about 11.05pm.

Po­lice said once in­side, the 17-year-old started to look for items to steal. He gath­ered up a lap­top, hover board, Xbox, a head­set and two se­cu­rity cam­eras from in­side the house and also stole a small mo­tor­bike from a garage out­side. The stolen items were worth $4500.

Toe­toe-Ta­iapo stashed the stolen booty be­hind a bush nearby and then walked home.

The en­tire bur­glary had been cap­tured on CCTV cam­eras at the ad­dress.

While all the items taken in the bur­glary were sub­se­quently re­cov­ered and re­turned, the day af­ter the crime, about 12.30pm, the teen was con­fronted by the home­owner, who had two as­so­ciates in tow.

Yes­ter­day, the teen’s lawyer Rus­sell Wil­son told the New Ply­mouth District Court his client had suf­fered a bad beat­ing at their hands, which in­cluded a knife be­ing held at his throat.

Wil­son said Toe­toe-Ta­iapo had feared for his life dur­ing what he de­scribed as a vig­i­lante at­tack.

‘‘There was cer­tainly a great deal of sum­mary jus­tice handed out,’’ Wil­son said.

The three men have been charged with as­sault­ing Toe­toeTa­iapo and are cur­rently be­fore the court.

Af­ter Toe­toe-Ta­iapo pleaded guilty to the bur­glary, Judge Philip Recor­don re­manded him on bail to reap­pear in court on March 14, where a dis­charge for con­vic­tion would be con­sid­ered.

In the mean­time, Toe­toeTa­iapo planned to re­lo­cate to Whanganui, where he had a shear­ing job lined up.

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