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Kidnapping and weapons charges dropped

In October 2023, Mr Ngarangi Rangihuna instructing John Cook of Counsel appeared before the Southport District Court with respect to charges of Kidnapping and weapons offences carrying the mandatory minimum sentence of 18 months wholly served in a correctional facility.

 

Mr Rangihuna had cross-examined the complainant at committal, andthe matter was committed to the District Court and listed for trial in early October 2023.

 

After submissions relating to the strength of the evidence, particularly in relation to evidence given by the complainant during Mr Rangihuna’s cross-examination at committal, the charge of kidnapping was discontinued the week before trial.

 

Consequently, the weapons offences were amended and no longer had the mandatory period of imprisonment.

 

Our client was sentenced for 2 weapons offences, stealing and unlawful use of a motor vehicle. He was convicted and not further punished.

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