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…

In the hours after shooting constables Matthew Hunt and David Goldfinch — killing Hunt — Eli Epiha seemed calm, making only one startling but vague admission, an associate of his said at his trial. “I just recall him saying he f***ed up,” Shane Conza told jurors he heard as the two drove north that June…

A client faced charges of burglary and common assault. After Tony Beach discussed the charges with police, the burglary charge was withdrawn and a plea of guilty entered to the common assault charge. The judge indicated an application for discharge without conviction would be granted if there was a satisfactory restorative justice conference between the…

Tony Beach’s client was charged with theft from a person, assault and unlawfully interfering with a motor vehicle. At the judge-alone trial, the judge dismissed the charge of unlawfully interfering with a motor vehicle as the police had failed to summons their civilian witness in sufficient time for the hearing; the police conceded that they…

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 4 ? years imprisonment the judge imposed an end sentence of 3 years imprisonment given…

My client has now been sentenced for murder after we could not quite get the jury to agree that he was not guilty by reason of insanity. The defence had sought to argue that the defendant was so affected by both his psychosis and his autism that he should have been held insane. This was,…

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…

A defendant was referred to Tony Beach by a solicitor. The client was charged with blackmail, a serious charge attracting up to 14 years imprisonment under the Crimes Act 1961. After considering the evidence and taking full instructions from his client, Tony Beach successfully negotiated an agreement with the Crown to amend the charge to…

The defendant pleaded guilty to stabbing a fellow prison inmate for the second time within approximately one year and was sentenced on 30 October 2015. He had an appalling record for violent offences including aggravated robberies and other assaults. The Crown were seeking preventive detention. I encouraged the defendant to take up courses to assist…

Following a change in the rules on 1 July 2015 that govern how barristers receive instructions?from clients,?the New Zealand Law Society has approved Tony Beach’s application to take “direct instructions” from clients, in certain circumstances. ?Previously, an instructing solicitor was required where the client was not legally aided. ?Now – depending on the case –…

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