Intellectually impaired man 'chained and beaten'

  • 08/08/2017
Intellectually impaired man 'chained and beaten'
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An intellectually impaired man has recounted a litany of attacks and assaults on him that included having his arms and feet bound with a dog chain "24/7".

The 32-year-old told a specialist interviewer in a video played to a jury at the High Court at Rotorua on Tuesday that on other occasions his arms were tethered behind his back by a rope, leaving his arms burned.

Eastern Bay of Plenty couple Leneith Moeke, 36, and Gene Karauria, 29, are being tried on a raft of charges including kidnapping, assaults with a weapon and intentionally wounding the man.

He's been described as having the mental age and capabilities of a young child.

His claims included having his hair pulled out by the roots, being beaten with poles, his back, legs, chest and arms scratched, being stabbed in the arm, having his ribs and nose broken, his eyes gouged and being gagged with socks to stop his yelling for help.

He said he'd been struck on his feet with a spade and tomahawk, and his request to be taken to A&E for stitches were rejected.

He pointed to Moeke as his attacker, saying his girlfriend (Karauria) had tried to help him by unlocking the chain, but Moeke caught her, ordering her to lock him back up.

At times he'd been tied up in a shed, on others he was tethered to a clothesline.

He claimed he was restricted to one "feed" a day, despite paying $150 a week board and $50 for power.

"I thought that would buy me three meals," he said.

The alleged victim told another interviewer he was threatened that if he told his family what happened to him they'd be shot.