De­fence says ar­rest ‘fab­ri­cated’

South Waikato News - - Your Health - BENN BATHGATE

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.

Here’s who is look­ing to rep­re­sent you in this year’s coun­cil elec­tions which take place in Oc­to­ber.

There is one spot on the Ti­rau Ward with three po­ten­tial can­di­dates in the run­ning in­clud­ing Derek Keesing, Hans Nelis and Peter Schulte. There are three po­si­tions on the Pu­taruru Ward that Gray Bald­win, Adri­enne Bell, Rachel O’con­nor, An­drea Shaw-thorpe, Keith Sil­veira and Her­man Van Rooi­jen are all com­pet­ing for.

Toko­roa Ward with six va­can­cies has had the most nom­i­na­tions. Among the 19 can­di­dates are Rita Beck­man­n­flay, Sharon Clair, Wendy Cook, Lea Cow­ley, Kim Eger­ton, Jeff Gash, Marin Glu­cina, Anne Groos, Thomas Lee, Bill Machen, Arama Ngapo-lip­scombe, Vi­vian Rikona, Mur­ray Rob­son, Joshua Smith­hol­ley, Brian Smout, Fran­cie The­unis­sen, Amy Ulu­ave, David Waine and Brenda Watkins.

And there are six peo­ple look­ing to fill the four spots on the Ti­rau Com­mu­nity Board in­clud­ing Sharon Burl­ing-clar­idge, Clive Colling­wood, Derek Keesing, Cas­san­dra Robin­son, Joke Streukens and Noel Simp­son. Nom­i­na­tions closed on Au­gust 12. Be­tween Septem­ber 16 and 21 vot­ing pa­pers will be de­liv­ered to houses around the district and res­i­dents have un­til Oc­to­ber 8 to vote.

Re­sults will be an­nounced be­tween Oc­to­ber 13 and 19.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on elec­tions visit the South Waikato District Coun­cil web­site.

Quin­ton Winders with his de­fence team at the scene where stop-go worker Ge­orge Ta­iaroa was shot in Ati­a­muri.

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