From the Press ( Christchurch ) 09/11/2004
Three members of a major Christchurch drug dealing operation have been granted leave to apply to serve their prison sentences at home. They were among 15 Mongrel Mob members and associates convicted of a variety of charges in the biggest criminal trial in New Zealand legal history. Seven were sentenced last week and yesterday a further eight appeared for sentence in the High Court in Christchurch .
Yesterday, Pihama Tauroa, 29, was sentenced to 15 months in jail for his role in the Mongrel Mob conspiracy to supply cannabis, selling cannabis, dealing in P and hoarding guns and ammunition. Justice Panckhurst told Tauroa his "relatively minor role" in the operation, his limited previous convictions and his domestic circumstances had convinced him to allow Tauroa to apply for home detention.
Panckhurst also granted Mongrel Mob member Richard James Rymer, 42, and gang associate Pamela Wendy Bush, 40, leave to apply for home detention because of the small roles they played in the drug operation.
Rymer was sentenced to two years for conspiracy to supply cannabis, possessing cannabis and possession of ammunition. Justice Panckhurst told Rymer that despite his "strutting" he was clearly out of his depth in Mongrel Mob.Bush was sentenced to eight months for conspiracy to supply cannabis after she acted as a drug courier for Lisa Marie Howie, the "kingpin" of the operation. "I have no doubt you knew what you were about," Justice Panckhurst said, before deferring Bush's sentence for two months on humanitarian grounds.
Other Mongrel Mob members sentenced yesterday were Whata August Keefe, 3 1/2 years; Mongrel Mob president Joseph Robert Wiringi, four years and nine months to be served in addition to his nine years for a savage attack on a rival Black Power member; Wayne Pohutuhutu, 4 1/2 years; Brent Douglas Stanley Rowe, four years and nine months; Martin Henry Reuben, 4 1/2 years. Justice Panckhurst said the main charge the defendants faced was conspiracy to sell cannabis.
The Mongrel Mob headquarters in Wilsons Road had been modified for drug dealing and members worked a seven-day roster to sell drugs from a tinted window in the house. Justice Panckhurst said the prosecution estimated the gang made between $500 and $600 a day from the business. "It was indiscriminate organised crime," he said. "Cannabis was sold to anybody who went there. There were sales to young people and teenagers."
Detective Sergeant Ross Tarawhiti, the architect of the investigation, named Operation Crusade, said he was happy at how things had progressed.
Date of Birth
1964 (D.O.B. is approximate)
At large in Christchurch
Shane Te Whata
Under 12 month intensive supervision order for burglary conviction.
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Associated Media Links Shane Te Whata - Wayne Pohutuhutu - Joseph Robert Wiringi - Lisa Marie Howie - Peter Damien Gilbert - Rota Turi Beattie - Mark Quentin Waitere - Leon Delshannon Turner - Whata August Keefe - Douglas Stanley Rowe - Martin Henry Reuben Appeal Notes
OFFENCES / CONVICTIONS
|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|8-4-2005||Appeal hearing Date is approx||Court of Appeal Christchurch||Conspiracy to sell canabis||3-9-2003||2 Years, 6 Months, Imprisonment||▼|