Boss's plea sways judge
The youngest of the family group jailed this week following a methamphetamine drug run has been released on bail after lodging an appeal against his sentence.
Daniel Pue, 21, received an 18-month jail term for the illegal possession of a loaded revolver found underneath the passenger seat of his Jaguar.
In the New Plymouth District Court yesterday Judge Allan Roberts released Pue on bail after first asking to hear from his farming employer that his work behaviour had improved.
''I wasn't persuaded until I heard from your employer today,'' Judge Roberts said to Pue.
''In the interests of justice and by the slimmest of margins I will grant you bail.''
About six members of the family, including Pue's partner Jessica Chand, were in court to hear the decision and hugged each other outside the courtroom after the decision.
Earlier, Pue's lawyer Paul Keegan had asked for bail on the grounds that Pue would lose his job and the address for his potential home detention if his jail sentence appeal proved unsuccessful.
Pue and three others were arrested at gunpoint when the car was surrounded by the armed offenders squad outside the Ugly Duck bar in Fitzroy, New Plymouth about 7am on August 24, following an overnight drug drop.
Their communications had been tracked by police during a two-month covert surveillance operation before police pounced.
Pue was not charged with drug dealing.
In the New Plymouth District Court on Monday, ''mastermind'' Oscar Chand, 42, of Auckland received a 3 year 9 month sentence after being found guilty at trial of supplying methamphetamine.
His daughter and her partner Maxien Chand, 23, and Halen Ryder, 28, were also charged with dealing and with possession of the revolver.
Chand received a 4 year, 3 month jail sentence and Ryder 4 years 9 months.
Taranaki Daily News