THE COURT of Appeal has sent perhaps its sternest message in years to the gangs by rejecting outright efforts by a group of Mongrel Mob members to have their jail terms cut for their role in a high-profile gangland attack.
In August last year Derek Maynard Savage, 52, Deuce Derrick Junior Evo Rua Savage, 23, and Terere Kiwaho MacDonald, 29 were sentenced to 12 and-a-half years behind bars, with a minimum non-parole period of six years and three months, for discharging a firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
In addition, Deuce Savage was sentenced to an additional two years and three months on a charge of aggravated robbery, and demanding with intent to steal in relation to a previous offence.
The charges related to the September 2013 gangland shooting of Jeremy Patrick August and Gavin Dean Pirini, at a River Rd property in Kawerau.
Both men were required to spend lengthy periods in hospital undergoing and recovering from numerous operations. In the aftermath of the shooting, they also both lost their jobs apparently had suffered significant psychological trauma.
The sentences were among the toughest on record and a clear sign by the courts gang violence, especially that involving the use of firearms, would no longer be tolerated.
All three men appealed against the length of the sentence handed down by Justice Lang in the High Court at Rotorua on the grounds the starting point of 12 ½ years imprisonment on the most serious counts of discharging firearms with intent to cause grievous bodily harm was too high. Read more »