Mur­der charged now named

Taupo Times - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - STEPH RANGI Craig Cor­bette


A Tu­rangi man ac­cused of mur­der­ing his baby daugh­ter can now be named.

Dono­van Michael Duff, 40, ap­peared in the Taupo Dis­trict Court on Wed­nes­day, via video link, ac­cused of mur­der­ing his daugh­ter Maija Phui-Duff.

Maija was nine-months-old when she died in Tu­rangi on March 12, 2016.

Duff en­tered no plea on the charge and was re­manded in cus­tody by Judge Grey Hol­lis­terJones un­til June 7 when he will ap­pear in Ro­torua’s High Court via video link.


Ger­rard Dean Shep­herd was sen­tenced on five charges in Taupo’s Dis­trict Court on Wed­nes­day.

He pleaded guilty to three charges of driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied and two charges of theft.

Two of the driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied hap­pened on Fe­bru­ary 23 and 24 in Taupo while the third hap­pened on March 19 in Ma­nurewa.

The theft charges in­cluded a petrol drive off from Taupo’s Lake Ter­race Mo­bil Petrol Sta­tion to the value of $60 and the sec­ond one was theft of meat to the value of $20 from Toko­roa’s Countdown.

Judge Hol­lis­ter-Jones said that Shep­herd’s fifth, sixth and sev­enth driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied of­fences were in short or­der, with two of them hap­pen­ing in two days.

The judge told Shep­herd his re­peat driv­ing of­fences shows a com­plete dis­re­gard for his dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion and his sen­tence.

Shep­herd was sen­tenced to two years in prison and or­dered to pay repa­ra­tion.

Karl David Alker pleaded guilty to two charges; pos­ses­sion of a firearm with­out a li­cense and il­le­gal hunt­ing.

Alker’s lawyer, Phil Clarke, said Alker fully ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­ity.

He was sen­tenced to 100 hours com­mu­nity work and and Judge Hol­lis­ter-Jones or­dered the de­struc­tion of his firearm and am­mu­ni­tion.

Quinn An­drew Matene, pleaded not guilty to one charge of ex­ces­sive breath al­co­hol. He was re­manded on bail at large for a case re­view hear­ing on July 4. en­tered a guilty plea to one charge of breach of su­per­vi­sion. He was re­manded on bail un­til June 7.

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