Defence says arrest ‘fabricated’
Police fabricated a reckless driving charge to allow them to arrest and question stop-go murder suspect Quinton Winders, his defence claims.
The claim was made by Winders lawyer Jonathan Temm while cross examining Detective Steven Dunn on Monday.
Winders is on trial at Rotorua High Court for the 2013 murder of stop-go worker George Taiaroa.
The trial has entered its third week with the prosecution contending Winders shot Taiaroa after a minor traffic incident, while Winders’ defence is that it was a case of mistaken identity.
The jury was shown a video of Winders being interviewed by Dunn before Temm questioned him on Winders’ arrest and interview.
‘‘The traffic incident was a charade, strategically organised by the police,’’ Temm said.
‘‘You know that the arrest of Mr Winders was simply a ruse, a facade.
‘‘The strategic decision was to arrest him, to fabricate a reckless driving charge and say arrest him on that.’’
Dunn denied that claim, but Temm pressed on.
‘‘The whole purpose of the arrest was to confine Mr Winders to question him on the murder charge.’’
‘‘He was never, never arrested or charged for that reckless driving. It’s vapourised, gone.’’
Temm also revealed that during that interview Dunn raised the topic of Taiaroa and claims he was ‘‘sloppy’’ at the job.
‘‘Mr Winders is giving back to you language you introduced to the conversation,’’ he said. The questioning followed a similar theme from Friday’s proceedings when the jury was shown the interview.
In the video, Dunn asked Winders how he felt about Taiaroa’s role in the minor fender bender on March 12, 2013.
Prosecutors have claimed this is the incident that led Winders to shoot Taiaroa.
‘‘How did you feel about that whole incident?’’ Dunn said.
‘‘It was no big deal. There was no damage to the trailer and the door would still open. It was just an odd thing and that’s why I remember it.’’
Dunn asked Winders about his association with a safari club and the number of weapons he owned.
Winders told Dunn that two of his rifles had gone missing - either been stolen or misplaced.
The trial is set to continue for two weeks.
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Quinton Winders with his defence team at the scene where stop-go worker George Taiaroa was shot in Atiamuri.