Footage of the violent last moments of Gregory McPeake's life shown to jury
Footage of the violent and chaotic last moments of Gregory McPeake's life have been shown to a jury.
In the footage, filmed by cameras on two officers who fired their Tasers at him, he is seen sitting in the driver's seat of his car, wearing a black T-shirt with "Sweet as Bro" written on it, and a lit cigarette in his mouth.
It was about 1am on March 13 last year, and the 53-year-old had been located him in a car park at Westshore, Napier, five hours after he violently assaulted his father in his Hastings house.
McPeake had repeatedly refused to get out of the car. The windows were smashed around him, and his right forearm is covered in blood.
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An officer is heard yelling at him to get out of the car, then shouts "Taser, Taser, Taser" as the gun's wires hit McPeake in the chest.
He pulls them out. A few seconds later, another officer approaches from the passenger's side. He also shouts "Taser, Taser, Taser" and fires at McPeake.
McPeake, a huge man at 179kg, writhes and moans in pain. Two dogs are set on him, one from either side, their barks adding to the noise made by McPeake and the officers' yelling.
The dogs bite him and the officers grab at him. His T-shirt was ripped but the burning cigarette remains between his lips and he continues to refuse to get out of the car.
The footage stops at this point, which is shortly before McPeake relents and falls from the car. He died a short time later after being handcuffed and lying on the ground.
Four officers involved in the arrest are charged with assaulting McPeake with a weapon, and are on trial before a jury in Napier District Court. Their names are suppressed.
There is no suggestion the officers were responsible for his death, but the Crown alleges they used excessive force in making the arrest.
Earlier on Wednesday, McPeake's daughter Bianca told the court her father was estranged from his parents, who lived in Hastings, and "my dad really couldn't get past the upbringing he was given".
She said McPeake had heart disease and he "drank a lot of alcohol to deal with the issues he was going through". He also smoked a lot of cannabis.
She did not know he had gone to Hastings until a detective called her on March 12 to ask if she knew his whereabouts.
She told the detective that her father "may be in possession of a crossbow", but she did not know where he was.
He had owned a crossbow many years ago when she was young, but had spoken of having it fixed.
Two days after her father's death, Bianca told police her father hated his parents and, if he ever became terminally ill, he would kill them, take an overdose, then park near water somewhere to die.
Late on Wednesday, it was revealed by a police officer that 10 flares were found in McPeake's car after his death.
Lawyers for the accused said the officers had been acting on the information they had at hand. McPeake was a large, violent man who may have been suicidal and may have been armed.
The trial, before Judge Phillip Cooper, is expected to last two to three weeks.
The Crown is expected to call 31 witnesses.