22 Dec 2015

Prisoner admits breaking murderer's arm

2:04 pm on 22 December 2015

A prisoner has admitted breaking the arm of a murderer while the pair did time inside the country's maximum security prison at Paremoremo.

Stead Nuku appeared at the High Court in Auckland today where he admitted a charge of causing grievous bodily harm when he broke Nikki Roper's arm in July.

Entrance to the High Court in Auckland

Entrance to the High Court in Auckland Photo: justice.govt.nz

Roper was left with a fractured skull and broken arm following the attack. He now had a titanium plate in his jaw, and suffered from hearing loss and nerve damage.

He's serving a life sentence for murdering his former girlfriend Alexsis Tovizi in 2010.

Nuku is due to be sentenced in February.

A second prisoner, Nigel Lake, is accused of taking part in the attack and is due to reappear in court in February.

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