New Zealand: Charges dropped against woman after Kaiapoi double shooting

Charges that were filed against a 31-year-old woman after a double shooting at a property in Kaiapoi last week have been withdrawn.

Tove Jonna Paranihi was charged with unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition. She appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday where the charges against her were dismissed.

Allegations against two men who were charged alongside Paranihi – Jarrad James Ronald Singer and Mokonuiarangi Tuatahi Chong – remain in place.

Police alleged Paranihi was a passenger in a vehicle that dropped a wounded Singer at Christchurch Hospital after the shooting incident on January 4.

Police were called to the Kaiapoi property, north of Christchurch, about 3.30am after a man arrived there seeking help.

Patched Mongrel Mob Aotearoa member Fairmont Joseph Wiringi, 22, had been shot and was taken to Christchurch Hospital in a serious condition. He remains there in a stable condition.

About 5am, Singer was also dropped off at the hospital with a bullet wound to his arm. His injury was not serious and he was discharged a few days later and taken into custody.

Chong, a Mongols MC member, pleaded not guilty to unlawfully possessing firearms, failing to stop for police and possessing an offensive weapon.

Singer, a Rebels MC member, was remanded without plea to a later date.

The charges relate to a gun allegedly found in their vehicle. No-one has been charged with shooting either Singer or Wiringi.

After the shooting, Canterbury district commander Detective Superintendent Tom Fitzgerald said police officers were told to carry firearms “due to the heightened risk” to staff. The temporary arming order was lifted about 4pm the following day.

Members of at least four clubs appear to have been involved in the double shooting thought to be linked to drugs rather than an underworld rivalry.

Stuff/The Press understands police suspect members the Neighbourhood Crips (NHC) were also involved in the shooting, which is thought to have happened during a botched drug deal or robbery.

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Source: Stuff