A father of two young children has been given six months jail on a raft of charges including threatening to kill.
Renee Junior Daniel appeared in the High Court at
Avarua on Thursday for sentencing on two charges of threatening to kill,
assault with intent to injure, assault on a female, contempt of court (x2),
burglary, possession of cannabis, and possession of a utensil.
Crown lawyer Mariata Pittman
said the charges stemmed from two incidents with the lead charges being the
assault on a female, intent to injure and threatening to kill.
There was prolonged
offending which involved two victims and occurred in a family setting.
There was a punch to the
face and the use of a bush knife.
There was a breach of trust
and victim vulnerability as the violence occurred while Daniel was on bail.
There were no mitigating
There was a 33 per cent
discount for a guilty plea with a starting point of two years and six months to
three years jail.
The end sentence came to
between 20 months and two years.
The court heard Daniel was
still in a relationship with the victim and they had two children. The victim
was in court with their youngest child.
Defence lawyer Norman George
said the facts were not disputed.
His client had problems
handling alcohol and accepting responsibility.
“He is just unsettled, he is
growing up fast; he is hard working but likes to play hard.”
George said Daniel needed to
accept responsibility and discipline.
“I asked him if he plays
sport; I’m encouraging him to take up sport, he is hard working but lazy for
“He is not reliable, he lies
a lot, fails to turn up; he has a reliability problem.”
Judge Dame Judith Potter said
that was evidenced by Daniel’s non-appearance in court on Wednesday.
George said his client needed three months to sit in a
cell and evaluate his life, followed by community service and probation.
“It should give him an opportunity to tidy up his
“His partner is here with their baby and they have a
“He lives with his mum and dad, anything longer than
three months would create a strain.”
Justice Potter said there was going to be a strain in
the family anyway with his offending.
George said his client needed a chance to pause, he
was not a professional criminal, but a casual offender, and had a chance to cut
off his offending activities.
“He has to stop using drugs and alcohol. He has to
find space and a new direction in life.”
Justice Potter, in reading the summary, said on
February 22, 2022 about 11pm, Daniel drove to the Aitutaki Golf Club and broke
in, taking alcohol and other items.
On March 2, 2022 he attempted to sell some of the
alcohol, and some of the stolen items were recovered during a search of his
In April and May, 2022, he was charged with breaching
bail, then in July 2022, he was charged with assaulting a female after he
punched his partner in the face.
She left the scene and contacted her brother.
When they returned to the address, the defendant
appeared carrying two bush knives and threatened to kill them. Justice Potter
said the offending was ongoing and involved two victims.
It occurred in a family setting, a punch to the face
and threats to kill, plus the use of a weapon.
It was committed while he was on bail for cannabis
Daniel had one previous conviction for wilful damage.
Judge Potter agreed a lengthy sentence would be
damaging to the family.
“I have grappled with what is a raft of serious
offending; I will impose a lenient sentence on you.”
Daniel was sentenced to six months jail followed by 12
months of probation, he was ordered not to purchase alcohol or go into licensed
premises, and comply with any directions from probation in relation to alcohol
and anger management.