Mur­der trial jury to re­sume Mon­day

The Northern Advocate - - Local News -

The jury in the trial of a North­lander ac­cused of shoot­ing to death a Tribes­men gang mem­ber will re­turn on Mon­day to con­tinue its de­lib­er­a­tion.

At the con­clu­sion of Jus­tice Ailsa Duffy’s sum­ming up in the High Court at Whanga¯rei yes­ter­day, the jury re­tired about 12.30pm but was sent home at 5pm af­ter it did not reach a ver­dict.

Nicky Dodd is fac­ing one charge of mur­der in re­la­tion to a shoot­ing in­ci­dent on Mower Rd, north of Wha¯ngarei, in Oc­to­ber 2016.

Dodd, 43, is al­leged to have shot John Henry Har­ris while he was stand­ing out­side the Mower Rd prop­erty.

Har­ris was taken to the St John Am­bu­lance sta­tion on Western Hills Dr in Whangarei in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion by friends but died from the sin­gle gun­shot wound.

In sum­ming up, Jus­tice Duffy told the jury not to let their gen­eral prej­u­dice against gangs in­ter­fere with de­lib­er­a­tion.

Prej­u­dice against or sym­pa­thy for Dodd, Har­ris or any­one as­so­ci­ated with the case should not in­flu­ence the jury’s ver­dict, she said.

Jus­tice Duffy said the jury may dis­ap­prove of some­one’s at­tempt to take law into his own hands by re­spond­ing to the ac­tions of the Tribes­men gang rather than seek­ing po­lice help.

How­ever, she said it was not the role of the jury to hold peo­ple to ac­count for their ac­tions.

She was re­fer­ring to Dodd’s ver­sion of events that he fired a shot to scare off Tribes­men gang mem­bers gath­ered out­side the Mower Rd prop­erty af­ter they ear­lier let off two shots out­side his brother Adam Dodd’s house in Kens­ing­ton.

Jus­tice Duffy said the jury must come to their ver­dict solely on ev­i­dence pre­sented be­fore the court which in­cluded what wit­nesses said dur­ing the trial as well as their writ­ten state­ments, ex­hibits, and tran­scripts of Nicky Dodd’s po­lice in­ter­view. The judge said if they found gaps in the ev­i­dence, they should not guess or spec­u­late to fill in the gaps.

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