From the Daily News 8th September 2001
TWO men convicted of attempted murder, from nine accused, were the organisers not mere parties, a High Court judge has ruled. Defence counsels Andrew Laurenson, for Climie, and Peter Coles, for Hopa, contended the Crown case presented the pair as having no direct role in the July 18, 2000, shooting of Brendon Nuku at Levin. They said the pair were merely parties present at the incident, but Justice Wild rejected the claim. Mr Nuku was shot in the face by a low-velocity bullet when a group arrived at his house. The bullet went into his nasal cavity and was swallowed.
Charges of attempted murder and grievous bodily harm were laid against nine men. The jury acquitted seven of all charges. Justice Wild said he had to sentence the men according to the facts of the case. After hearing three weeks of evidence, he found that after an initial lunchtime confrontation between Nuku and Climie, Climie and Hopa went to other men including the seven other accused. "You asked them to arm themselves and go with you to deal to Mr Nuku." The crime against Mr Nuku that followed, showed the despicable hallmark of cowardice in gang violence where a number of armed people attacked a single person, Justice Wild said.
From the Evening Post 1st December 2001
A Levin man was today sentenced to 15 years jail for the attempted murder of former Levin gang member Brendon Barre Nuku. Shaun Morgan Hartley, 33, had been convicted by a High Court jury earlier this month of the shooting of Mr Nuku in Levin on January 5. Two associates, Robert Nattie Albert, 33, and Barry Peter Gardiner, 42, both of Levin, were jailed for 12 and nine years respectively for the same charge. In the High Court at Palmerston North yesterday, Justice Doogue said the shooting, the second attempt in six months to kill Mr Nuku, was either gang retaliation or an attempted contract killing. He said it was a cold-blooded attempt at murder "which came as close to the completed crime as it is possible to get".
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Attempted murder of Levin man Brendan Nuku in July 2000
Also the arson of his home and the attempted arson of his father's home
Also has previous convictions for violence
Sentenced to 15 years with parole eligibility after 10 years in November 2001
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