Man admits helping Dolphy Kohu avoid arrest after shots fired at police

Dolphy Kohu was charged with serious offences after a manhunt in August, but has since died in custody.
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Dolphy Kohu was charged with serious offences after a manhunt in August, but has since died in custody.

One of the people arrested after a day-long manhunt through Ohakune, during which shots were allegedly fired at police, has admitted helping the apparent shooter avoid arrest.

Carlos Bushell pleaded guilty in the High Court in Whanganui on Wednesday to helping Dolphy Kohu avoid arrest after Kohu had fired shots at police.

Bushell first muttered "I didn't know he had shot at police", before entering his plea after prompts from Justice Simon France.

Bushell was one of seven people arrested on August 19, after Kohu had allegedly shot at police officers.

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Kohu was charged with various offences, including two counts of attempted murder, but has since died while in custody awaiting trial. 

Crown prosecutor Lance Rowe withdrew the charges against Kohu on Wednesday.

Four of the people initially arrested after the manhunt have had their charges dropped, leaving just Bushell and Hereina Paul facing prosecution.

Paul is charged with two counts of using a firearm against a law enforcement officer, unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, accessory after the fact to attempted murder, and accessory after the fact to using a firearm against a law enforcement officer.

She has pleaded not guilty to all matters and is scheduled to stand trial in August, while Bushell will be sentenced in April.

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