Alleged gang member in court
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.