Covid positive Black Power gang member bailed despite Corrections' concerns

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Tue, 21 Sep 2021, 10:22AM
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Covid positive Black Power gang member bailed despite Corrections' concerns

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Tue, 21 Sep 2021, 10:22AM

A Black Power gang member was granted electronically monitored bail despite opposition from Corrections.

The man would later go on to contract Covid-19 and pass it on to three family members at his home near Kaiaua on the Hauraki Plains.

An area surrounding the tiny settlement is now subject to a Section 70 order imposed by director general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield, which means anyone who has visited the area has to self isolate until Friday.

The Herald has learned the man had been remanded for several months in relation to 17 charges including shoplifting, theft and trespass.

He appeared in the Manukau District Court on September 6 for a bail application which was ultimately successful.

However, Stuff reports the application was opposed by Corrections but he was granted electronically monitored bail by the judge, nonetheless.

Chief District Court Judge Heemi Taumanu said the judge imposed "strict conditions" on the man.

They included "that a specified family member was to collect him from Mt Eden Corrections Facility and transport him directly to the bail address without any unnecessary stops and that he reside at the bail address 24 hours a day, seven days a week and not move or leave that address without prior approval".

However, Corrections yesterday confirmed the 36-year-old gang member made four stops on his journey home.

Neil Beales, Corrections' chief custodial officer, said they included stops at two private addresses in Mt Albert and Māngere, one to a supermarket in Pokeno and one stop on the side of the road close to his bail address.

The prisoner arrived at his bail address at 12.28pm, two hours and 19 minutes after leaving the prison.

Although Jacinda Ardern this morning said she knew how the prisoner caught Covid and where, that was yet to be made public.

However, yesterday Ardern and Bloomfield believed he was infected after leaving prison in Auckland, and before arriving home - possibly by the person who drove him to the bail address.