Maori sovereignty bail bid fails

BELINDA FEEK
Last updated 12:56 16/11/2012

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Family of a Huntly man offered prayers and excerpts from Maori sovereignty laws to try to get him bailed.

But it didn't work for Jacob Markavina Phillips - facing receiving property, cultivating cannabis and failing to answer bail charges in the Hamilton District Court today.

Phillip's mother gave a quick prayer before Judge Peter Spiller entered the court.

When Phillips, 31, was called his brother stood from the gallery and said he would be representing him under authority of Maori Tikanga law and sovereignty, before quoting several excerpts.

Phillips' mother told Judge Spiller she would pray that he would bail him to her house.

But police prosecutor Sergeant Greg Waters said police had been trespassed from the house so would be unable to enter the property to carry out bail checks.

Mr Waters said it was likely Phillips may face further drug charges after police were currently investigating a possible p-lab at his house.

He had also been on the run from police since July.

In declining bail, Judge Spiller noted Phillips was no stranger to the court system, after having been to prison 15 times before.

Phillips, and his whanau, will make another application for bail on Monday.

His brother and mother were escorted out of the court room by police, after unsuccessfully trying to hug him.

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- Waikato Times

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