A widow berated a murderer, calling the Mongrel Mob member a coward, as she paid tribute to her dead husband.
Kelly Cook delivered one of several family victim impact statements to the court today which a judge said described “a world of anger and pain and grief”, as a 20-month homicide case drew to a close.
“You are nobody to me. There is no honour in what you did,” Cook told Hemi Rapata Meihana Cahill, the second of two men to be sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her husband, Peter “China” Lui.
“You should be embarrassed about how gutless you are,” she said, facing Cahill across the floor of the High Court at Napier.
Crown solicitor Steve Manning told the court it was the last day of legal hearings after a process of police investigations and court sittings that had spanned almost two years.
It began on March 29 last year when Cahill, now 31, in a maroon Holden Calais pursued Lui on his motorcycle through the streets of Napier.
Cahill and the car’s passenger, Belmont Sonny Freedom Eruiti Te Aonui-Tawhai, wanted to take the Outlaws Motorcycle Club patch that Lui was wearing. They were both Mongrel Mob members.