Gang president jailed for a decade

August 23, 2017 | By More

Former Rebels gang president Albert Enoka has been jailed for 10 years for a violent stand-over and kidnapping incident, but the judge ruled out an open-ended term of preventive detention.

Enoka was the president of the gang’s Christchurch chapter in February 2015 when the armed home invasion took place at a New Brighton address.

The man who went with him, Lindsay Trevor Francis, 25, was a gang prospect. He was jailed for four years last year for his role in the incident.

Christchurch High Court judge, Justice Gerald Nation, considered reports on Enoka’s risk of violent reoffending at his sentencing. One of the health assessors who examined Enoka was not convinced that preventive detention was necessary to manage his risk to the community.

Justice Nation noted that Enoka had already made some progress while on remand in custody and his behaviour had improved.

Enoka was seen as having a “chronic anti-social lifestyle” and described feelings of worthlessness. Relapse into violent ways could occur if he returned to substance abuse and reconnected with gang culture.

Justice Nation said his normal response was to show how strong and violent he could be when he felt he was being demeaned or put under pressure.

Enoka, a 33-year-old father, had pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping, aggravated burglary, wounding with intent to injure, unlawfully removing an impounded vehicle from a yard, possession of methamphetamine and cannabis for suppy, unlawful possession of a firearm, driving while disqualified, and giving false information.

Justice Nation said the incident took place when he was under the influence of methamphetamine, angry and jealous about an irrational and wrongful idea that a man had been having sex with a woman Enoka considered to be his girlfriend.

The home invasion in which the two men were armed with knives was followed by rooms being ransacked, property being taken, the victim being punched and threatened, and the woman being detained. The man received a broken tooth, another tooth knocked out, and injuries requiring 20 stitches.

Enoka later dropped off a bag with a woman he knew. The woman found methamphetamine and cannabis inside and reported it to the police.

Witnesses at the scene of the home invasion described Enoka as “hysterical”.

“It occurred when he was under the influence of methamphetamine, somewhat paranoid and certainly irrational,” said the judge.

Crown prosecutor Chris Lange said it was a “borderline” case where preventive detention could be considered. Enoka had undergone rehabilitation in the past but had tended to fall back into his previous ways after release from prison.

Defence counsel Tony Bamford said the health assessors’ reports indicated there were background issues that Enoka needed to work on but he was regarded as being capable of rehabilitation.

The judge imposed a series of jail terms totalling 10 years and disqualified Enoka from driving for a year. If he failed to make progress on rehabilation during his jail term, the Department of Corrections could monitor and control him through an extended supervision order after his release.

That would enable them to monitor associations he made and ensure he was not involved in the substance abuse “which has been such a significant factor in your offending”.

 

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