Rifle shown during civil dispute

April 3, 2017 | By More

“Repossession” of a disputed car came to a rapid halt when a woman opened a bag and showed that it contained a cut-down rifle.

The woman involved, 22-year-old Casebrook consultant Taylor Ellen Newbery, is now in custody awaiting sentencing after admitting three charges in the Christchurch District Court today.

She admitted unlawful possession of the rifle – described as a pistol because it had been cut down – and ammunition, and possession of a pipe for smoking methamphetamine.

She pleaded guilty when the police withdrew a charge of presenting the rifle during the civil dispute which took place on Station Road, near Heathcote Valley Primary School, about 1.10pm on March 19.

She will be sentenced on May 25, with a pre-sentence report to consider her suitability for home or community detention. Judge Josephine Bouchier remanded her in custody, where Newbery has been held since her arrest on the day of the incident.

The incident involved Newbery and a man after they became involved in a civil dispute over a car in Newbery’s possession.

The victim and four associates arrived in Station Road to take possession of the car which was parked on the roadside. Police said that as the vehicle was being “secured”, Newbery approached the group and a dispute arose.

She unzipped a handbag she was carrying and showed it to the group so that they could see that it contained a cut-down semi-automatic .22 rifle. The rifle was loaded with a magazine containing six live rounds.

She said to the group, “I’ll do it.”

Police were called and when they searched the car they found a pipe for smoking methamphetamine.

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