Prison officer bashed by teen murder accused

June 16, 2017 | By More

While on remand in custody for murder, an 18-year-old punched a prison officer twice in the head in an incident at the Christchurch Men’s Prison.

Taniela Kotoitoga Daven Tiako Waitokia was found guilty of the murder of 87-year-old Harold Richardson from Upper Riccarton in August 2015, and today pleaded guilty to assault with intent to injure the Corrections officer.

The officer fell to the ground when he was hit, and at the murder trial soon after in November Waitokia had to sit in court in shackles.

Judge Paul Kellar said the victim had been punched in his mouth and left temple, and an alleged co-offender then kicked him.

The victim impact report said he suffered minor injuries with a bruise to his left torso and minor concussion.

Judge Kellar said it was an assault on a prison officer in a vulnerable position.

Waitokia is serving a life sentence for the murder, and Judge Kellar sentenced him to a concurrent sentence of 12 months’ jail for the attack.


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