Once were warriors

Good god… this is just unbelievable

A 16-year-old girl was blinded in one eye after her partner bashed her and then smashed a glass into her eye.

Shane Arron Kanara pleaded guilty in the Hamilton District Court on Monday to assaulting the girl and forcing her to hide in a wardrobe when police turned up to arrest him.

Kanara admitted five charges including wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and assault with intent to injure.

The victim not only lost the use of her right eye after her eye socket was broken and eyelid torn, but also has partial loss of vision in her left eye after her cornea was ruptured.

She is to have further operations on her left eye.

The court heard that the pair left Rotorua on October 3 to stay with Kanara’s family in Huntly, in the victim’s first trip away from her own family.

Kanara began drinking alcohol and an argument erupted about 10pm.

Kanara was annoyed at something the victim was eating and grabbed it off her and threw it away.

When the victim went to recover it Kanara grabbed her from behind and she fell backwards.

She went to bed and pulled the blankets over her head.

Kanara pulled them back off and began yelling at her.

She kicked out at Kanara, who reacted by punching her in the face several times, while he held her head with one hand.

The victim began crying and asking for her mother as she couldn’t see properly due to her eyes being swollen and bleeding.

Kanara became infuriated and picked up a beer glass and smashed it into her face.

The victim felt severe pain in her eyes and tried to open her eyes but couldn’t see.

What a bloody hero.  What a man.   What a piece of filth.  

Kanara then told her to clean herself and the blood up, but the victim protested that she couldn’t as she couldn’t see and she had glass in her eyes.

She unsuccessfully tried to wash it out.

Police arrived at the house about 20 minutes later after hearing of a commotion there.

Kanara told the victim to hide and, as he was arrested and led away by police, took her phone and identification with him.

When asked by police about the cut to his hand, Kanara said he had cut himself.

The victim remained hiding in the room, in the dark, before Kanara’s sister found her and called emergency services.

As well as losing sight in her right eye, she suffered a rupture of her right upper eyelid which was also extremely torn.

Surgeons have operated on her left eye, including reconstructing the tear duct, but it is not functioning properly and she is left with a watery eye.

In the victim’s mother’s impact statement, she wrote how she had trusted Karena with her daughter and believed she would be kept safe.

What a coward.

Shane the Muss.   Not just fiction.



– Belinda Feek, Waikato Times

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.