May 18, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Hawea Vercoe’s attacker pleads guilty

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Isaiah Johnson Richard Tai, the 21-year old from Opotiki, who had originally been charged with murdering Hawea Vercoe has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter today at the Rotorua District Court. Tai has been remanded on bail for sentencing on 2 June.

The court had heard last month from eye witnesses of how Hawea had been viciously assaulted. The Rotorua Daily Post reported that witness, Sarah Barlow, said at a deposition hearing that she saw Mr Vercoe and Tai arguing outside the bar. Moments later she watched a man, identified by other witnesses as Tai, run and punch Mr Vercoe in the head, and while he was on the ground unconscious,kick him in the head.

It was a huge kick, like someone taking a penalty kick in rugby,” she said.

Our aroha goes out to whanau and friends of Hawea…

3 thoughts on “Hawea Vercoe’s attacker pleads guilty

  1. "ISAIAH JOHNSON RICHARD TAI should get life!" "he took the bro hawea!"

    arohamai whanau but Hawea was the man on my whanau whenua atua "ROTOITI!"

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