Scribble-faces fail in appeal

08092014 News. Cameron Burnell/Fairfax NZ. Dillin Pakai and Shane Pierre Harrison appeared in the High Court at Wellington where they pleaded not guilty of having murdered Alonsio Matalasi (known as Sio) at Petone on August 22, 2013.

Cameron Burnell/Fairfax NZ. Dillin Pakai and Shane Pierre Harrison appeared in the High Court at Wellington

You have to admire the cheek of scribble-faces, so tough they can tattoo their faces and even their eyelids, but get upset when the jury believes they are tough guys and finds them guilty.

They were fierce-looking men with full facial tattoos, were disrespectful to the court process and could not have given a good impression to the jury.

That was what the lawyer for one of two men appealing their murder convictions told the Court of Appeal in Wellington today.

Dillin Pakai and Shane Harrison were found guilty in 2014 of murdering Lower Hutt man Sio Matalasi.  

Mr Matalasi was fatally shot during a gang fracas between rival chapters of the Mongrel Mob at Petone flats in 2013.

Pakai was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum non-parole period of 12 years and Harrison was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum non-parole period of 13 years.

Pakai’s lawyer Kevin Smith says because of his appearance and behaviour throughout the trial, he couldn’t have given a good impression to the jury at all.

However Justice Randerson says that’s a prejudice the pair brought upon themselves.

I can’t imagine the arguments were that long before the Court of Appeal, and a predictably short verdict from Justice Randerson.

Basically these mongrels thought they were cool by wearing tough stickers on their face, and now they’ve got tough sentences to go with the tough stickers.


-NZ Herald


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  • Toasty

    I was hoping they would get more time.

  • jimknowsall

    If you choose to look and dress like a gangster, don’t complain when people think you are one.

  • digby

    If they were so concerned with the impression they gave perhaps they should have been wearing makeup to conceal the tats and decent clothes to convey acceptance of their predicament.

  • cows4me

    I would have thought they would be very happy with their sentences. Clearly they see themselves as outcasts, outlaws or the 1% that doesn’t care or gives a stuff. Well they now have their wish, they want nothing to do with society, it will come as a shock that society wants nothing to do with them and society has the last say.

  • hookerphil

    At the trial the father of the shot male said he had forgiven them and they should be set free. Thank goodness the Judge did not buy into that.

  • Eiselmann

    This is terrible, 12 and 13 years non parole because the jury were apparently (according to their lawyer)swayed by the tats, obnoxious attitude and gang membership….

    It should have been at least twice the sentence preferably served on an exposed and isolated island in the middle of the ocean

    • ex-JAFA

      Good on the jury for focusing on important things like the defendants’ appearance, and ignoring peripheral trivia like their actions and how those are specifically covered by law.

    • Tiger

      Talking about exposed, right hand scribbles must have washed his shirt for too long.

  • PhantomsDoc

    I was always under the impression that the jury only got to decide guilty or innocent and that any sentence was decided upon by the judge. If so, what has the length of sentence got to do with the jury???

  • Usaywot

    Wow! Those two are just evil looking. I wouldn’t want to meet either of them on a dark night or even in bright day light.

    • Peter

      But if you met them one-on-one, just the two of you, I’d bet they’re not as scary as they think they are.

  • Uncle Bully

    During the colonial era their dried, shrunken heads would have graced someone’s mantelpiece. Ah, the good old days…..

  • Hailstormers

    The dogs tounge is in the wrong place. Bit more to the right and it would like my best buddy Ren.

  • SlightlyStrange

    Thankfully, a judge talking sense (re: them bringing it on themselves).
    If they had behaved in court, their tattoos would have just been a small factor in the jury’s decision making.

  • SAM51

    Hopefully they keep denying they did it and they won’t get parole!

  • Nordil Borski

    What’s the bet that we, the taxpayer, will have to fork out many tens of thousands of dollars when these two gentlemen decide that they want to get rid of their facial graffiti?