Al­leged gang mem­ber in court

Taranaki Daily News - - News - Tara Shaskey

A man with al­leged gang con­nec­tions, who was on the run from po­lice for nearly three months, has pleaded guilty to as­sault charges.

Rambo Bar­ton, who is be­lieved to be a patched mem­ber of the Nel­son Mon­grel Mob, ap­peared in New Ply­mouth Dis­trict Court via au­dio-vis­ual link yes­ter­day, where he en­tered pleas to a list of of­fences.

The 32-year-old ad­mit­ted two charges of com­mon as­sault but pleaded not guilty to two charges of wil­ful dam­age, and one each of com­mit­ting bur­glary with a weapon, male as­saults fe­male, and threat­ens to kill/do griev­ous bod­ily harm.

The charges are be­lieved to be re­lated to al­leged of­fend­ing within the New Ply­mouth vicin­ity.

Bar­ton has been in cus­tody since Au­gust, after po­lice swooped on a Waitara ad­dress. He had been wanted since June 9 after fail­ing to re­turn to Christchurch Men’s Prison fol­low­ing his fa­ther’s fu­neral in Te Kuiti.

Bar­ton will reap­pear for sen­tenc­ing on the com­mon as­sault charges and lin­ger­ing Nel­son charges on Novem­ber 2. On the re­main­ing charges, he will reap­pear for a case re­view hear­ing on De­cem­ber 13.

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