Guard shot at, couple arrested

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Armed Police secured a Tamahere property overnight Tuesday after a security guard checking on a person on home detention had shots fired in his direction, the Waikato Times reports.

Update (August 30): A man and woman facing cultivation of cannabis charges after an alleged shooting incident at their Tamahere property on Tuesday night have been bailed, the Waikato Times reports.

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 had problems with her electronic bracelet in the past, but it was revealed she 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 was bailed, with conditions, to reappear on September 25. Nicol plead not guilty to a charge of breach of community detention.

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.

In an earlier report of Tuesday night’s events, Detective Sergeant Shelly Begbie of the Hamilton CIB said members of the Waikato Armed Offenders Squad were joined by their Bay of Plenty colleagues in clearing the large Tamahere property.

“Police were called to a Pencarrow Rd address after being contacted by a security company who reported one of their staff had gone to conduct a home detention check about 9pm.

“When the guard arrived at the property’s gates he reports being shot at and he left to raise the alarm. As a result police converged on the area and a negotiator negotiated the surrender of a man and a woman from the address without incident.”

Ms Begbie said the property was secured under armed guard overnight to allow for a scene examination to be carried out today.

“As a result of an indoor growing operation discovered during the initial clearing of the property a 27-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman have been charged with cannabis cultivation and will appear in the Hamilton District Court later today.

“Our enquiries are continuing and we have not ruled out further charges.”

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