A jury has found Brayden Towler not guilty of the murder of Petunu Talitumu when he drove into him on a pedestrian crossing in the Glen Eden shopping village in West Auckland. The verdict was delivered at 4pm at the High Court of Auckland. Towler denied he meant to kill Talitumu when he hit him…

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…

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…

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…

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 conviction.

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…

My client stood trial for armed robbery of a bank. The eyewitness purportedly identified him. However the identification procedures were not complied with fully and the case was dismissed.

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