Toleafoa pleads guilty to firearm charge
Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:08a.m.
By 3 News online staff
An Auckland man with gang connections has admitted firing a weapon at a police officer.
Murray Toleafoa, 30, pleaded guilty to using a firearm against a police constable at the Auckland High Court this morning. As a result, a charge of attempted murder will be dropped.
On June 8, Toleafoa was the passenger in a vehicle pulled over in a routine stop on Mayoral Dr, around 1am.
When an officer tried to take the keys off the female driver, Toleafoa fired at him. He missed, but the officer suffered burns to his forearm, and was attended to by ambulance staff at the scene.
The car was found an hour later in Mt Eden, and the armed offenders squad apprehended Toleafoa at a Countdown supermarket in central Auckland the following week.
He was initially charged with attempted murder, which he denied.
Toleafoa was also issued with a first strike, under the Government's three-strikes law, which prevents criminals from being released on parole once they have three convictions for violent offences.
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17/10/2012 10:24:24 a.m.
The media have blown this course of events way out of proportion. All the statements made to the media are of course only one sided statements from NZ Police there for should not be taken into account, cause as we all know there are two sides to a coin, just like there are to sides to every story. Our nation was quick to judge one man without fully knowing the facts. And the media well media will be media ANYTHING for a juicy HEADLINE weather it be the truth or NOT!!!!
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