Two men involved in a gangland shootout just metres away
from an occupied school have been jailed for their part in a Nomads versus
Rebels turf war.
The dispute dates back to September last year when a
Rebels vest, belonging to the gang's president, was stolen from an Otaki
The Rebels thought the culprits were Nomads, Judge Gerard
Lynch told the Palmerston North District Court yesterday.
Retaliation came about 9am on October 24, when three car
loads of Rebels pulled up to an Otaki house occupied by Nomad associates
Jamie Downing and Cole Michael Hill. "This was about 50 metres from a school
which was open, and with children in class.
"The rebels gang members were armed. Their weapons
included firearms," Judge Lynch said.
Fifteen rounds were fired either into or from the
Hill then contacted Palmiro George Macdonald, 33, of
Levin, and another man, who is facing trial for his alleged role in the
fracas, and the pair drove to Otaki.
Downing stayed there while Hill jumped into the vehicle
with a rifle and the posse turned back to Levin.
They were stopped by police, who found the loaded gun,
ammunition, a samurai sword, a machete and a knife.
"Downing told police that the dispute was gang turf war
and he fought back at the Rebel gang members after they shot at his house
first," Judge Lynch said.
Downing "paid his way out" of the Nomads in 2008, but
remained associated with the gang.
Last month he was jailed for two years and three months on
one charge of discharging a firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily
harm and two of unlawfully possessing ammunition.
Hill was jailed for two years and four months on one
charge each of discharging a firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily
harm, unlawfully possessing a rifle, unlawfully possessing ammunition and
unlawfully possessing a knife.
And yesterday, Macdonald was sentenced to six months'
community detention, 75 hours' community work and 12 months' supervision on
one charge each of being an accessory after the fact and possession of a
"Those that help clean up after violence, particularly
with a gang overlay, need to be specifically deterred," Judge Lynch said.
Macdonald was not present at the shootout and was given
credit for time he spent in custody and on electronically-monitored bail.
A pre-sentence report said Macdonald had an "entrenched
view and staunch attitude around gang connections". However, he had stopped
using drugs and had not touched alcohol for years