A Young Wainuiomata woman Janet Moses died as a result of accidental drowning by way of manslaughter, Wellington regional coroner Ian Smith has found. Ms Moses died during an attempted exorcism, and Mr Smith recommended whanau instead consult experts when they suspected a makutu or curse had been placed on a family member. His finding came almost a year after five members of the 22-year-old woman's family were sentenced for their parts in her death, on October 12, 2007, in the Lower Hutt suburb.
Two main culprits were subject to harsher penalty, with both sentenced to six months' community detention and a daily curfew. In addition they had to do 300 hours community work and 12 months' supervision.
You're kidding me right? Five people hold down a young woman and over the course of several days, they drown her by pouring water into her nose and mouth, and what? They get the "harsh penalty" of what? Community service, a curfew, and some supervision? WTF? Would the sentencing have been different if it were five men and none of them were Maori? I mean, for Pete's sake, Maori people aren't stupid. They know that when you shove someone's head into a bucket of water and don't let them up for air, that.. gee whiz.. they actually drown! If they were so bloody concerned with the Maori culture then they would have summoned the help of their local ariki taungaroa - paramount chief - as opposed to taking on some witchcraft ceremony and then sitting back on their naive Maoridom claiming it was just a "cultural" misunderstanding. Unbelievable New Zealand!