Car left on top of elderly man, court told

IAN STEWARD
Last updated 05:00 27/11/2012

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A gang member is on trial for manslaughter after allegedly running down a 72-year-old man when fleeing a beating at hands of the Mongrel Mob.

Setephano Munokoa is on trial at the High Court in Auckland charged with the manslaughter of Sione Lauano on June 4, 2011.

Crown prosecutor Nick Williams said the case revolved around a trip to a tinnie house that went "very, very wrong".

Munokoa, 22, was part of the South Auckland street gang HFK, which, with creative spelling, stands for Who F***** Cares?

On Saturday June 4, Munokoa had his partner's car because he had dropped her at the hospital to give birth the night before.

He went partying with four HFK friends and Munokoa, the sober driver, drove the men to get a cannabis tinnie from a dealer they knew called Fat Rob, the court heard.

Fat Rob was not at his Vine St, Mangere home but a Mongrel Mob party was in full swing.

The car was parked down the long driveway near the communal garage and turning circle.

The young men were met at the door by patched Mongrel Mob members Tauira Wong Tung, known as "Tau Dog", and Henry Lauano, "Henz Dog".

The conversation was cordial at first but erupted into a fight after one of the drunk HFK boys said something to the effect of "What the hell are we doing hanging with the Mongrel Mob".

Wong Tung punched two of the HFK men in the back of the head and weapons - bolt cutters and a wrench - were produced, the court heard. Munokoa allegedly leapt in the car as Lauano advanced on him and started smashing the car's windows with the bolt cutters.

The car reversed but the open back door hit a lamp post making a "wicked" sound and smashing the glass out. The car lurched forward at Lauano who jumped out of the way.

Lauano's father Sione appeared in the middle of the scene calling for everyone to stop fighting when he was run over and pinned under the car, the court heard.

Munokoa and his friend allegedly jumped from the vehicle and ran from the scene leaving the car, running, on top of the elderly man.

Wong Tung eventually had to drive the car off Lauano who was taken to Middlemore Hospital, the court heard.

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