Gang armed & await­ing re­tal­i­a­tion, says judge

Rotorua Review - - OUT & ABOUT - BENN BATHGATE

‘‘It is clear you were gath­ered at the ad­dress ex­pect­ing re­tal­i­a­tion from the other gang.’’

Three men ar­rested in the wake of a Ro­torua gang shoot out in De­cem­ber 2015 have been sent to jail.

Grant McMeek­ing, Thomas Te Aho Snr and Cramer McMeek­ing ap­peared at Ro­torua District Court on Thurs­day charged with a num­ber of firearm of­fences in re­la­tion to the Turner Drive in­ci­dent.

The men were ar­rested in Ma­maku on De­cem­ber 15, 2015, just four days af­ter the Western Heights shoot­ing and ac­cord­ing to Judge Tony Snell, were armed and ex­pect­ing gang re­tal­i­a­tion.

The three men are all as­so­ci­ates of the Man­gakaha chap­ter of Black Power.

‘‘It is clear you were gath­ered at the ad­dress ex­pect­ing re­tal­i­a­tion from the other gang,’’ Snell said.

Cramer McMeek­ing was sen­tenced for pos­ses­sion of a cut- down pump ac­tion shot­gun, Grant McMeek­ing for pos­ses­sion of am­mu­ni­tion and Te Aho Snr for pos­ses­sion of a shot­gun.

Snell said the pump ac­tion shot­gun was found un­der a bed at the Ma­maku ad­dress, ‘‘prox­i­mate to any­body in the house, eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble and ready to fire’’.

Cramer McMeek­ing was sen­tenced to 21-and-a-half months in prison, Te Aho Snr 21-and-a-half months and Grant McMeek­ing re­ceived five-and-a-half months home de­ten­tion.

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