Court news – Gunman denied bail


GEORGE Mahue Ngamoki pleaded not guilty to a raft of charges when he appeared in the Opotiki District Court on Thursday.

The 29-year-old is facing 13 charges including reckless discharge of a firearm, possessing a methamphetamine pipe, presenting a firearm, unlawfully possessing a firearm, threatening to kill, wilful damage, unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, driving while disqualified, breach of supervision and multiple counts of wilful trespass.

He was arrested by police on June 23 after he allegedly let off a gunshot at his father’s home in Opotiki before going on the run.

Bail was denied when he appeared in the Whakatane District Court after the incident.

Last week, Judge Christopher Harding further remanded him in custody to appear for a case review hearing on August 15.


Assault with weapon

BLAIN Tauwawa Maihi appeared in the Opotiki District Court for his third case review on charges of assault with a knife, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, dangerous driving and failing to stop for police.

The 40-year-old has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Judge Christopher Harding said the charges dated back to September last year, and this was the third case review appearance.

“Things are not progressing,” the judge said.

Maihi was remanded in custody to reappear on July 20 by audio-visual link in Tauranga on the assault and wounding charges, and on August 8 on the other two charges.

Made intimate recording public

GENE Lee Hustler, 22, appeared on a charge of knowingly making an intimate recording public, and publishing, selling or exporting the recording.

Hustler was remanded on bail to reappear in the Whakatane District Court on July 19.

Assault with intent

WILLOUGHBY Salmon, 43, did not enter a plea to a charge of assault with intent to injure.

Judge Harding remanded Salmon to reappear on July 18 and ordered him not to leave the district or contact the complainant.

Loss by deception

ALLAN Paul Kahukiwa, 44, pleaded not guilty to four charges of causing loss by deception, each valued at less than $500, and pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and related utensils.

Judge Harding heard 0.1 grams of the substance was found on Kahukiwa.
Kahukiwa was remanded to reappear on August 29.

Cannabis for supply

MICHAEL Faron Simpson pleaded guilty to possession of 211 grams of cannabis for the purpose of supply.

Judge Harding heard the cannabis was found in multiple small plastic bags.

The judge noted Simpson had a decade of living a “criminal lifestyle”, including previous possession charges.

The 27-year-old was sentenced to 12 months of supervision and six months of community detention.

Unlawful entry of vehicle

TE WHIU Stanley Ranapia, 23, pleaded guilty to unlawfully entering the vehicle of Opotiki Tyreman owner Terry Rogers and breaching his community work sentence.

Judge Harding heard Ranapia had noticed the door was unlocked and entered the passenger side of the vehicle.

Lawyer Gene Tomlinson said Ranapia had been looking for money “to buy a tinnie”.
Judge Harding heard this was Ranapia’s seventh breach of community-related sentences.

Ranapia was sentenced to 120 hours of community work, cumulative on his existing sentence.

“Another breach will result in jail,” warned Judge Harding.

Remanded to reappear

CHANNELLE Hemaira Tepania, 31, was convicted on charges of assaulting a child, theft, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police and failing to stop after an accident.

Judge Harding remanded Tepania to reappear on August 29 for sentence.