A Mongrel Mob member has
admitted helping a fellow gang member burn the van
involved in a crash which killed a Tribesman gang
Jared Renata Te Moana pleaded
guilty in the High Court at Rotorua on Monday to a
charge of being an accessory after the fact to
The offending happened on
November 26, 2016, in the Waihau Bay area, South
East of Opotiki.
It was the day of a tangi, the
unveiling of a gravestone for a resident and
previous captain of the local Mongrel Mob chapter,
and the marriage of a couple with connections to the
Tribesman Motorcycle gang, according to the summary
Earlier in the day, Mongrel
Mob members and the Tribesman motorcyclists had
agreed the Tribesman would remove their gang regalia
while attending the wedding.
Tribesman gang members Don
Henry Turei Jnr and his brother weren't aware of the
arrangement and drove past a Mongrel Mob pad that
afternoon on the way to the wedding reception.
They were pursued by Andre
Robert Taiapa in a van. Taiapa accelerated into the
back of Turei's bike knocking him off, according to
Turei died near Raukokore
Marae despite the efforts of passing motorists to
Earlier in May Taiapa pleaded
guilty to manslaughter and will be sentenced in the
High Court at Rotorua next month.
Six months after the incident,
two men including Te Moana, 34, pleaded not guilty
to suppressing evidence to help someone avoid a
But yesterday, he was
arraigned and entered a guilty plea to being
accessory after the fact to manslaughter.
After Turei's death Te Moana
had gone to pick up Taiapa.
The pair took the car to a
concealed location, and, a while later, stripped it
of identifying features such as the number plates
At 10pm, Te Moana, and another
man drove the van to the banks of the Raukokore
River and set it on fire.
Prior to heading down to the
river the defendant Te Moana acknowledged the
vehicle had been used in the murder of the deceased
and was to be destroyed," the summary read.
"The vehicle was completely
destroyed by the fire when it was located by police
in the following days."
After his plea, Te Moana was
remanded on bail until sentencing.
Justice Timothy Brewer called
for a pre-sentencing report which included looking
into the feasibility of home detention as a