Joseph Robert Tumene Wiringi
From the Press ( Christchurch ) 26/08/2004
Two Christchurch Mongrel Mob members are behind bars for at least 4 years 6 months for their part in a gang- related home invasion that left a rival gang member seriously injured.
Peter Damian Gilbert and Joseph Robert Wiringi, sergeant-at-arms and president of Christchurch Mongrel Mob respectively, were jailed for nine years with a minimum non-parole term of 4 years 6 months by Christchurch District Court Judge Colin Doherty.
Gilbert, 34, pleaded guilty part- way through a trial to aggravated burglary, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and kidnapping. Wiringi, 41, was found guilty of aggravated burglary, and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The judge said the pair had been part of a group which invaded the Christchurch home of a woman whose daughter was in a relationship with a member of a rival gang, Black Power.
Up to eight men in two cars arrived at the house on the night of July 19 last year armed with batons or pieces of wood, and at least one firearm. Gilbert held a woman at gunpoint at the rear of the property, effectively kidnapping her, while others broke down a door and using pieces of wood attacked the rival gang member while a woman screamed in protest. The house included children and a pregnant woman.
The bashing victim received lacerations to the back of the head, extensive bruising and a cut hand, but signed himself out of hospital and refused to talk to police, the judge said. "He seems to be standing by an unwritten law that what goes on with the gang stays with it, and it is apparent he did not co-operate with police." The female kidnap victim, who was still fearful as a result of her experiences, was to be commended for giving evidence in the circumstances, he said. Neither man was a stranger to the courts, Gilbert having racked up 42 convictions since 1987, which included aggravated robbery, and Wiringi 36 convictions since 1980, which included three for aggravated assault.
Prosecutor Lisa Preston said the offending was a combination of unusually grave factors, which put the starting point at about nine to 10 years jail. It was a gang-related home invasion by disguised men who smashed their way in. Preston called for a minimum non-parole period, with denunciation and deterrence being paramount. The judge said both men had long-standing connections with the Mongrel Mob, Gilbert was a patched member and Wiringi had been brought up within the gang, ultimately becoming president of the local chapter.
Significant aggravating factors included the gang element, the invasion of a private home at night, the obvious premeditation, the degree of violence meted out, and the effect on victims. Wiringi still did not accept culpability, he said. In the end there was little to differentiate between the pair as far as sentence was concerned.
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.
Joseph Robert Wiringi
Date of Birth
1963 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Shane Te Whata
Sentenced to 9 years with a 4 year 6 month non-parole period in August 2008
Sentenced to 4 years 9 months - cumulatively - in November 2004
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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||4 Years, 6 Months, Imprisonment||▼|