Jail time for ice-fueled rampage across city

AN Ipswich Judge today told a man his days of "going around terrorising the people of Ipswich" were over.

Judge Greg Koppenol sentenced John Umuariki K Haenga to 12 months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to 10 charges arising from three different incidents between August 2015 and March this year.

Crown prosecutor Noel Needham said the 47-year-old's offending was "equally irrational" and "simply bizarre".

The court heard Haenga's first victim was a man who he lived with.

Mr Needham said Haenga punched and kicked the man in the head multiple times, verbally abused him, put a roasting fork in his nose and struck his shoulders, head, knee, ankles and hands with a 1m stick.

The court heard Haenga verbally and physically assaulted the man for eight to nine hours and threatened to kill him.

"He was begging you to let him go, to be able to wash the blood off himself," Judge Koppenol said.

"The injured and frightened complaint crept out of his own house."

Six months later Haenga hit another victim about the face, a man over 60 who he lived with, and grabbed him by the throat.

Six weeks after he targeted his second victim, Haenga broke his way into a Bundamba family's garage and threatened a man with a screwdriver and verbally abused a 24-year-old woman.

The court heard he was paranoid and telling the occupants of the home people were "chasing him".

Haenga was nowhere to be seen after the first two offences and was only arrested after police caught up with him in the family's backyard.

The court heard he told the home's occupants to call the police and then waited for them to arrive but later resisted a search and police found an uncapped syringe and cannabis in his pocket.

"I have no doubt it was due to your use of ice that you behaved in the absolutely irrational way that you did," Judge Koppenol said.

Haenga was sentenced to a head sentence of 12 months imprisonment, cumulative to a second 12 month sentence with parole on November 26 and 171 days pre-sentence custody.



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