NZ Court of Appeal upholds six year sentence against Tongan man for strangling woman

    Holoki 'e he Fakamaau'anga Tangi e tautea ngaue popula 'o Unaloto Ki Polutu Tonga Lufe ki he ta'u pe 'e ua mahina tolu 'i Nu'u Sila hili 'ene fakasisina hono hoa ne lolotonga feitama.

    The New Zealand Court of appeal has upheld a six year sentence imposed upon a Tongan man, Unaloto Ki Polutu Tonga Lufe.

    Lufe was convicted before Judge Treston on a charge of injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm,  attempting to pervert the  course of justice  and  breaching release conditions.

    Lufe appealed against the length of his sentence and the ruling that he must serve a minimum of three years.

    At his original trial, Lufe pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to  pervert  the  course  of  justice  and  breaching  release  conditions.

    He denied the charge of injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, but was convicted by a jury.

    The jury found he had strangled a woman twice while she was six months pregnant.

    The court report said Lufe had used “extreme and repeated violence” against the woman.

    “There is an inherent danger to life associated with such attacks, and the victim’s description of the effects of the attacks on her compels the conclusion that her life was endangered,” the court report said.

    “The victim was vulnerable. She was six months’ pregnant.

    “The attack occurred in the victim’s home, a place where she is entitled to be secure and safe.”

    The Court of appeal therefore upheld the cumulate sentence for all the offences of six years and said it would have upheld a longer sentence..

    However, it reduced the minimum period to be served to two years and three months.

    The main points

    • The New Zealand Court of appeal has upheld a six year sentence imposed upon a Tongan man, Unaloto Ki Polutu Tonga Lufe.
    • Lufe was convicted before Judge Treston on a charge of injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, attempting to pervert the course of justice and breaching release conditions.

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