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February 8 2006
following reports the (wrongful) conviction of the three young teenagers.
The reports are brief, and provide no indication that there is any controversy
about the convictions, or anything untoward about the way Trevor Franklin
and the police carried out their investigation.
Of note is the invidious situation the three girls found themselves - where
their denials of the crime that they were to be eventually exonerated of,
actually counted against them at the time of sentencing.
2000-0914 - NZ Herald - Young trio
jailed for slashing girl in robbery
teenage girls have been jailed for what a judge yesterday described as a
"sadistic" slashing of a schoolgirl………..The judge said he had given
anxious consideration to the case. Despite the defendants' young age, he did
not consider a non-custodial sentence appropriate because of factors including
the deliberate cutting of the victim, which he said was "quite
sadistic." Justice Randerson noted that the trio continued to deny their
2000-0914 - Evening Post -
Girls jailed for slice attack
- Three teenage girls have been jailed for what a judge yesterday described
as a "sadistic" slashing of a schoolgirl. The 16-year-old victim
was sitting having a soft drink in a park in the Auckland suburb of Three
Kings while on her way to school in August last year when she was set upon.
The girl was thumped, kicked and had her head banged against a tree stump.
She was then dragged to a nearby toilet block and robbed of $10.
2000-0914 - The Dominion -
Teenagers jailed for 'sadistic' attack
- Three teenage girls have been jailed for what a judge described yesterday
as a "sadistic" slashing of a schoolgirl. The 16-year-old was attacked in Auckland in
August last year. The girl, who has name suppression, was hit and robbed of
$10. Each time the girl said she had no more money, she was sliced with a
pair of scissors. At the time of the
attack Teangarua Lucy Akatere was aged 15, Tania Mayze Vini was 14 and
McCushla Priscilla Fuataha was 14. All were found guilty of aggravated
robbery after a trial last month