Michael Phillip Graham Yorke
NZ Herald story here
Judge Chris McGuire said, in sentencing a Black Power member to two years' jail, that he viewed with growing unease the influence of gangs on the lives and freedoms of ordinary people. Their influence extended to the detection of crime and even the judicial process.
He was sentencing Michael Phillip Graham Yorke, aged 41, of Tauranga, for threatening to kill. Judge McGuire said Yorke went to his cousin Adam Yorke's house in Rotorua with three other gang members, all wearing patches, in early August 1998.
He was told by his cousin to leave the property, and to leave his family alone. Yorke told his cousin he would never see his son again if he (the son) did not go back to the Black Power gang and that he was going to get "national Black Power to come and do away with the son." The son was a Black Power member in Tauranga and wanted to get out of the gang. He was hiding from the gang at the time, in a nearby flat.
Court of Appeal judgement here (PDF)
Date of Birth
Threatened to kill his cousin's son who was trying to exit the Black Power gang
Also received takings from armed robbery of Rotorua Lotto outlet in June 1998
Sentenced to nine months in July 1999 for the receiving offence
Sentenced to two years in June 2000 for the threat offence.
Was paroled in 2002
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