Gang picked wrong house

A gang’s “visit” to a random house went disastrously wrong when it was found that a policeman lived there.

The Charteris Bay home invasion last July has led to a two-year seven-month jail term for one of those involved, Nomads gang member Norton Lindsay Adams.

Adams, 26, has pleaded guilty to a series of charges in the Christchurch District Court and was sentenced immediately by Judge Jane Farish after he waived the right to a pre-sentence report.

At least one of the others allegedly involved in the July 3 incident is pleading not guilty and still faces trial.

Adams has admitted charges of assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, reckless driving, and failing to stop for the police for the Charteris Bay incident. He admitted assault with intent to injure and unlawful possession of a firearm for a separate incident.

The Crown said Adams and another man were patched members of the Nomads gang, and a third person allegedly involved was linked to them.

They apparently drove to a random house where a constable happened to live, at 10.30pm.

The incident escalated quickly when the person who went to the door claimed to be with the police.

When the person was questioned and refused to leave, the real officer made an arrest. In the fight that followed, Adams punched him twice in the face and broke his glasses. Adams also stomped on his bare foot before the officer got back inside.

Adams drove erratically on Dyers Pass Road before the vehicle was stopped by police. A pump-action shotgun was found inside.

During the struggle at the door, the victim received a bleeding nose and a fat lip along with scratching on his arms, tenderness to his right arm, a sore left knee and right foot.

Judge Farish today said after receiving a letter from Adams that she believed he was starting to have insight into the effects of his offending and his lifestyle.

He had been on electronically monitored bail for several months, but had accepted that by pleading guilty he was going straight back to jail. The question was then whether he would be able to stay away from negative influences.

As well as the jail term, she disqualified him from driving for 15 months.

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