Manawatu Standard

Charge of being an accessory amended


A man who fired 10 shots at Constable David Goldfinch said he ‘‘got a big fright’’ when he saw another police officer standing by the police car, but has continued to deny he had any ambition to kill that day. Eli Bob Sauni Epiha, 25, has admitted murdering Constable Matthew Hunt with a military-style semi-automatic rifle, and dangerous driving causing injury to a member of the public on June 19, 2020. But he denies attempting to murder Constable David Goldfinch. Yesterday Natalie Bracken’s charge of being an accessory after the fact of murder was amended. The charge is now being an accessory after the fact of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, due to the time Constable Hunt was pronounced dead. Bracken admits driving Epiha away from the scene and told her arresting officer she was being threatened with a gun.

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