Brian Michael Whare
Rotorua Daily Post story 28th September 2013
A judge has sent a "strong message" by jailing a man caught being driven around Rotorua with a loaded gun. Brian Michael Roy Whare, 32, was sentenced in the Rotorua District Court to 18 months' jail after pleading guilty to unlawful possession of an offensive weapon, unlawful possession of explosives, possession of a firearm without a licence and breaching community work. A police summary of facts said Whare was a back-seat passenger in a car driven by his partner on February 28.
About 3.15am, the car was pulled over by police in Whittaker Rd, Koutu, his partner was processed for drink-driving and the car impounded. Police found a single-barrelled shotgun under the driver's seat that was loaded with a shotgun cartridge. Three more shotgun cartridges were found jammed down the rear of the seat. Judge Maree Mackenzie said Whare had an extensive criminal history. She acknowledged there was no information to suggest Whare was intending to use the firearm to commit another crime. "Although one can only wonder why you might have been driving around in a vehicle with a loaded firearm if it was for some innocuous reason."
Judge Mackenzie said she had read a long letter from Whare which was "articulate and intelligent. [However] the letter and sentiments would not make me step back from imprisonment." The judge said home detention was not appropriate. Police were concerned about the proposed address, Whare's history of domestic violence, his drug use and gang associations. Prison was necessary given the gun was loaded, operable and carried in public. "A strong message needs to be sent to you and others [of the] serious potential for harm." She also ordered the destruction of the firearm.
From Yahoo NZ report 27th June 2013
A patched Mongrel Mob member who is facing firearms-related charges is being sought by Rotorua Police for breaching his bail conditions.A loaded firearm was located under the seat of a vehicle in which 31-year-old Brian Michael Whare was a passenger in February this year.He is currently charged with possessing a firearm without a licence and two counts of unlawfully carrying a firearm. A warrant for his arrest was issued after he failed to appear in court earlier this month. Brian Whare, who also uses the surnames Horne and De Berry, is Maori, approximately 177cm tall with a medium, athletic build.
He has a number of tattoos including the letters A and T across the front of his neck, a Playboy bunny on his neck, a Swastika cross on his left hand and a bangle tattoo and Maori design on his left wrist.He has a wide circle of associates within the Rotorua area as well as links to Pukehina. He is also known to drive a black Nissan Maxima. Police strongly suspect that associates may be assisting Whare and warn that those individuals also risk being prosecuted if found to be actively helping him to evade arrest.The public are advised not to approach Brian Whare but to report any sightings to police. Anyone with information is asked to contact Rotorua Police on 07 348 0099. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Brian De Berry
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Numerous convictions for serious violent and firearms offences
Sentenced to eighteen months in September 2013
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