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  •   Home > News > Law and Order

    Gang territory feud led to shooting: Crown

    Simmering tensions between two gangs escalated into a full-scale shoot out, a Rotorua court has been told.

    When Mongrel Mob members moved 'smack bang into the middle' of a rival gang's patch, simmering tensions escalated into a full scale shoot out.

    A jury in the High Court at Rotorua heard this when prosecutor Andy Hill opened the Crown's case against eight Manga Kaha gang members facing 32 charges, including one of attempted murder.

    That charge is laid against George Robert Jolley alone.

    The remaining defendants are: Cramer Tana McMeeking, Chadwick Tamahou Matapuku, Daniel Tere McMeeking, Waimarama Horomai Te Kani, Robert Julian Dashwood, Christopher John Jolley and Major Wetini.

    Between them they face, either separate or joint, charges of intentionally discharging firearms to cause grievous bodily harm, unlawfully possessing and discharging firearm, possessing offensive weapons and being unlawfully on property.

    In addition, each defendant is charged with participating in an organised criminal group.

    The Rotorua-based Manga Kaha gang has Black Power links, but operates as a separate entity.

    Mr Hill said, after several days of verbal animosity between the two adversaries in Rotorua's Western Heights suburb in December 2015, the situation erupted when 15 to 20 Manga Kaha members advanced on a property rented by the daughter of a senior Mongrel Mob member.

    He said Mangu Kaha considered the area its territory, some were armed with poles and bats obviously looking for a confrontation, Mr Hill said.

    Their adversaries picked up axes and batons ready to retaliate.

    "George Jolley stepped forward with a double barrelled shotgun, pointed it into the opposing group and said 'come on you dog s***s, I'm going to kill you c***s', before firing into the group," Mr Hill told the jury.

    One man, Wade Pereira, was hit in the face.

    When the gun appeared to misfire, Dashwood grabbed and re-fired it, hitting the first victim's brother, Ben Pereira, in the shoulder and an arm.

    "Everyone scattered, the business had been done," Mr Hill said.

    Despite Wade Pereira's serious injuries and his brother being taken to hospital both refused to cooperate with police and wouldn't be testifying, Mr Hill said.

    The only defence lawyer to make an opening statement was Moana Dorset who represents Christopher Jolley.

    She said he was never involved in any of three altercations on December 8, 9 and 11, 2015.

    He'd been released from prison, where he'd been for driving while disqualified 48 hours before the shooting and "unfortunately for him" the house he was paroled to was next to the scene of the confrontation.

    "He was never outside that property on Turner Drive," she said.

    The trial is before 11 jurors, after one was stood down.

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