A man charged with murder and firearms offences after an alleged hit-and-run in West Auckland can now be named. A person died on the footpath after allegedly being hit by a vehicle on Glendale Rd, Glen Eden on November 23. Brayden Andrew Towler, 27, appeared on Wednesday at the High Court at Auckland where his lawyer, Adam…

A man caught cooking meth in Northland guarded his business with powerful firearms, including a .50 calibre machine gun. William McKinley, 52, travelled to Northland from the South Island in 2020 to make meth at a secluded location. But he was caught as part of a police drug operation Hare, which targeted him as the…

Michael Clifford Taylor had such a look of “rage” on his face the officer who shot him believed Taylor planned to kill him. The officer who fired the shots in 2016 is giving evidence in the Rotorua Coroner’s Court today as part of an inquest into Taylor’s death. Police have been cleared of criminal and…

NZ POLICE v B Major fraud sentencing where amount involved was over $450,000.00. No monies recovered from client or reparation orders made. I obtained specialist psychological reports which detailed several issues leading to offending. From a starting point of four years’ imprisonment the judge imposed an end sentence of 3 years imprisonment given these special…

POLICE v VL Successful application for discharge without conviction for a charge of burglary of commercial premises with some damage done to building and $10,000 worth of items taken (but recovered). Impact on future career and travel and efforts to make amends and reparation led court to grant the application for a discharge without conviction.

THE QUEEN v AA class A drug supplies sentence. Serious methamphetamine supplies to undercover officer and numerous others in small amounts. Prior drug-related convictions. Spent some time in custody before being granted bail to attend rehab program. Completed that successfully. Pleaded guilty just before trial. From a start point of four years’ imprisonment it was…

POLICE v TM Sentencing. Guilty plea to charge of wounding with intent to commit GBH. A drunken argument at function in home led to defendant overreacting to an assault resulting in him biting through the cheek of the victim leaving a severe disfigurement. Starting point of prison but with willingness to make amends a sentence…

I was instructed to appeal the conviction for this client who had received a 7 year prison sentence for a serious assault on a police officer said to have occurred whilst he was fleeing from a crime scene. On appeal it was necessary to consider all the legal issues raised in the trial. The conviction…