Adam Morehu was on a crime spree and suicidal in the months before he was shot by police, a jury in the New Plymouth District Court was told yesterday.
Samuel Paul Mosen, 26, is this week facing trial after pleading not guilty to aiding Morehu to enter Mag and Tyre Direct on Molesworth St New Plymouth on April 7 last year by giving him the security keypad number.
Morehu was shot dead on June 8 last year when he fired at police while trying to escape along with Kevin Bishell after the burglary of New Plymouth Golf Club.
The court has heard that Global Security Solutions, which monitored Mag and Tyre, noticed the security keypad was used in the early hours on April 7.
Mosen, who had earlier been sacked, was a prime suspect.
Yesterday, Crown witness Jonathan Bruce Willan said he was a longstanding friend of Morehu. When Morehu's mother became ill, Willan said he noticed Morehu's "disposition" had worsened.
Willan last saw him the day after his mother died. It was obvious from what Morehu told him that he was on a crime spree and "I was worried about him personally".
He wasn't going to work, didn't care, and said he was going to take what was his from now on.
Morehu told him he did the Mag and Tyre burglary but didn't say who with, Willan said. He did say he knew how to get around the security alarm system but did not mention Mosen.
Willan said he had known Mosen for seven or eight years. When Mosen was arrested he texted Willan believing he had narked on him.
Willan said he was "quite mad" at the accusation and texted back to say he did not implicate Mosen and that if Mosen had got rolled it was his own fault not his.
To defence lawyer Russell Wilson, Willan said he went to police a few days after Morehu was shot mainly to let them know his mental state and that he believed he was "near-suicidal".
Afterwards, Willan said he was accused by some people of being a nark.
"It was a pretty hot topic at that time, obviously."
In a DVD police interview played to the jury, Detective Constable Daniel Coomey told Mosen, who he had just arrested for the burglary, that the code was turned off that night with the four-digit code known only by manager Antony Saunders, director Mike Laird, Mosen and the man who replaced him.
The detective said this suggested that one of the four people who knew the code were responsible for the burglary or provided someone else with the code.
"It's looking that way isn't it," Mosen replied.
Mosen said he had not seen Morehu for a couple of months "till I saw him dead in his coffin".
The two were workmates at Independent House Movers five or six years ago.
If he had problems with his car he went to see him "once in a blue moon".
Mosen said Morehu had deteriorated and he was stupid to get involved with him.
Before that Morehu was friendly and a good family man.
The trial is expected to finish today.
■ It was mistakenly reported yesterday that Dwayne Ingram gave evidence that he and Mosen were paid money for their part in the burglary. Ingram said he received $100 but did not say Mosen received any money.
- Taranaki Daily News
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