Comanchero New Zealand chapter president charged with prison attack

Comanchero New Zealand chapter president Pasilika Naufahu, vice-president Tyson Daniels and Jarome Fonua have all been charged and were set to appear via audio visual-link in the Auckland District Court.

Court documents that were filed on Monday and seen by Stuff show the trio are jointly charged with assaulting a prisoner on November 16 at Mt Eden Prison.

The trio will not appear in court until May. 

Last April, all three club members were arrested, along with six other co-accused, following a series of raids across Auckland.

It saw more than $3.7 million in assets seized along with luxury cars, motorcycles, luggage and jewellery.

The defendants are charged with a raft of charges including money laundering, unlawful possession of firearms, conspiring to deal methamphetamine, conspiring to import a class A and class B drug and participating in an organised crime group.

Tyson Daniels and lawyer Andrew Simpson were jailed last month.
Tyson Daniels and lawyer Andrew Simpson were jailed last month.

​Naufahu is facing seven charges of money laundering, conspiring to import methamphetamine, conspiring to deal a class B drug, possession of a firearm, possession of explosives and participating in an organised crime group.

Earlier this year Daniels was sentenced to four years and eight months imprisonment after pleading guilty to nine counts of money laundering and participating in an organised criminal group. 

Lawyer Andrew Simpson was also jailed for two years and nine months after admitting laundering $2.2 million for the club.

At sentencing Justice Gerard van Bohemen said Simpson was the “key facilitator” in laundering the money to avoid detection. 

“You made it work for the funds to flow.”

Fonua and Naufahu are set to go to trial in September 2020 at the High Court at Auckland.  

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Source: Stuff