7 Nov 2014

Attacker to be sentenced this month

1:34 pm on 7 November 2014

A man found guilty of attempted murder in August after slashing the throat of a pregnant woman in Porirua will be sentenced later this month.

Ruka Hemopo, 48, was also found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, relating to a hammer attack on a second woman.

He was to be sentenced today in the High Court in Wellington, but that was deferred until 25 November.

At the hearing Hemopo, who was representing himself, cross-examined Justin Barry-Walsh, a psychiatrist who prepared a mental health report to be used at sentencing.

He asked Dr Barry-Walsh about several issues relating to his mental health, including whether he suffered from paranoid delusions.

Large parts of the hearing were suppressed by Justice Kos.