Mob member denies shooting gang rival

The jury trial for a 20-year-old Mongrel Mob member accused of shooting a man during a gang confrontation in Dunedin, started in Invercargill today.

Dylan Jordan Hill appeared before Judge Michael Crosbie in Invercargill District Court, facing three charges, which included recklessly discharging a firearm and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm at Pine Hill, Dunedin, on September 25, 2011, and receiving stolen property, namely a firearm, at Dunedin on May 26, 2011.

Crown prosecutor Robin Bates said members of two gangs, Black Power and the Mongrel Mob, were living about 300m away from each other in September 2011.

On September 25 Black Power members noticed what they thought was a gun poking out of a vehicle being driven past their house, Mr Bates said.

Assuming it was Mongrel Mob members they (Black Power) went to the Mongrel Mob house armed with weapons including tomahawks, machete and axes, he said.

Throughout the incident Hill was armed with a rifle and was alleged to have fired several shots, one of which shot a man in his arm, Mr Bates said.

When spoken to later by police Hill said he had been at the house earlier in the day but left before the incident occurred, he said.

Defence lawyer Anne Stevens said the defence case was one of identity.

Hill did not have the gun in his possession, he did not discharge a gun or wound the man and he was not there at the time, Ms Stevens said.

The Southland Times