Shooting accused bailed

BELINDA FEEK
Last updated 15:35 30/08/2012

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A man and woman facing cultivation of cannabis charges after an alleged shooting incident at their Tamahere property on Tuesday night have been bailed.

Robert Sullivan, 27, was bailed after appearing in Hamilton District Court yesterday, while his co-accused Kelly Cecelia Nicol, 29, was granted bail during her appearance today.

Members of the Waikato police Armed Offenders Squad were called to their Pencarrow Rd property after reports of shots allegedly being fired about 9pm.

A security guard went to the address to check on the electronic bracelet Nicol was wearing as part of a community detention sentence.

Nicol's counsel Maria Young said the guard alleges a laser light was shone at him before he heard shots which he claims were from a gun.

In her argument for bail to be granted, Ms Young said Nicol will fight the charges and was unaware of the whole incident as she was asleep in bed.

Ms Young said Nicol - who is currently serving a community detention sentence - had problems with her electronic bracelet in the past, but it was revealed she also had breached in the past.

Community Magistrate Ngaire Mascelle said the onus of proof to keep Nicol in custody was on police and she was satisfied that hadn't been proven.

On the cannabis charge Nicol pleaded not guilty.

She will reappear on September 25 on a breach of community detention as a result of the cannabis charge..

Meanwhile, earlier today Detective Senior Sergeant Karl Thornton said a scene examination which began at first light yesterday had uncovered several firearms.

The Times understands there were nine firearms found at the property.

Mr Thornton said police haven't ruled out laying further charges.

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