Gang armed & awaiting retaliation, says judge
‘‘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.