Glock accused also has raft of drug-related charges

Last updated 05:00 07/06/2014
Max Aramoana
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GLOCK'S UP: Taumarunui man Max Aramoana appears via audio visual link in the Hamilton District Court this afternoon.

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A Taumarunui man co-charged with the possession of a weapon stolen from New Plymouth District Court has made a brief appearance in court.

Max Aramoana, 52, who is in police custody, appeared via audio-visual link at the Hamilton District Court yesterday facing 20 charges, including nine for unlawful possession of a firearm.

The remaining charges are drug-related.

Aramoana was arrested during a drugs operation in June last year.

One of the two Glocks police allegedly found at his home at Matiere in the Ruapehu District was traced back to the police shooting of Steven Wallace on April 30, 2000.

The police Glocks had been kept in the evidential lockup in the New Plymouth Courthouse.

Aramoana's co-accused, who didn't appear but were represented by their respective counsel, are Shona Rae Warren, also from the Taumarunui area, who faces 17 charges, and Damien Sandilands, who faces five charges.

Aramoana's lawyer, Roger Laybourn, said there had been a delay in pleas being entered due to disclosure documents only being received last week.

Laybourn asked for a further adjournment of a month, when he expected the case to be able to move forward.

Judge Barney Thomas remanded Aramoana in custody to reappear on July 4. Fairfax NZ

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