Two sce­nar­ios put for­ward

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A mi­nor traf­fic accident that sparked a killing - or a Mon­grel Mob hit gone wrong?

Two com­pet­ing the­o­ries for the mur­der of stop-go worker George Ta­iaroa have been put for­ward dur­ing the first week of the mur­der trial of Quin­ton Win­ders.

Crown lawyer Amanda Gor­don has al­leged Win­ders, who has main­tained his in­no­cence through­out, fired the fa­tal shot a week af­ter be­ing in­volved in a mi­nor traf­fic accident which he blamed Ta­iaroa for.

Win­ders lawyer Jonathan Temm, how­ever, raised the spec­tre of a mob hit gone wrong af­ter re­veal­ing Ta­iaroa’s fel­low stop-go worker on the day of the mur­der, Michael Pen­gelly, had been threat­ened by Mon­grel Mob mem­bers af­ter be­ing con­victed of ex­pos­ing him­self to a young girl - the rel­a­tive of a Mob mem­ber.

The mys­tery killing of Ta­iaroa shocked the na­tion in 2013 when he was gunned down while work­ing on a one-lane bridge at Ati­a­muri, 30km south of Toko­roa.

The trial, at the High Court in Ro­torua, has now en­tered it’s sev­enth day with the jury on Tues­day vis­it­ing the mur­der scene.

Last week dur­ing her open­ing state­ment on Mon­day, Gor­don di­vulged some of the events lead­ing up to that day – in­clud­ing a mi­nor traf­fic accident at the scene a week earlier.

It in­volved Win­ders and his fa­ther, Max, back­ing into an­other car, caus­ing mi­nor dam­age to their car.

A wit­ness said ‘‘if the stop-go guy had been do­ing his job prop­erly, the accident wouldn’t have oc­curred’’, Gor­don said.

How­ever, on day three of the trial while cross ex­am­in­ing Pen­gelly, Temm re­vealed the pos­si­bil­ity the killing was a re­venge hit gone wrong.

Temm re­vealed to the jury that Pen­gelly was con­victed in 2012 for ex­pos­ing him­self to a young girl who had re­la­tions in the Mon­grel Mob.

He also said Pen­gelly was later vis­ited by two Mob mem­bers who threat­ened him and told him they’d be back.

‘‘And when George was shot it was shock­ing to you and you said that ‘could have been me’.’’

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