Two found guilty of gangland murder

A jury took seven-and-a-half hours to return guilty verdicts in the gruesome gangland murder of Bradley Alan Lomax in the Waimakariri Riverbed in September 2017.

The jury found Kasha William Gosset, 37, of Oxford, and Cody Derek Martin, a 31-year-old drainlayer from Mairehau, guilty on the 12th day of the murder trial in the High Court at Christchurch.

Thirteen police, Corrections, and court security staff were present in the court when the jury delivered its verdicts at 1pm, and the defendants were brought into the court room one at a time.

There were gasps, tears, and a few words of abuse directed at the two men as the verdicts were read. Gosset raised his arms in what appeared to be a gang salute as he was led back to the cells.

Justice Cameron Mander remanded both men in custody for sentencing on May 16. He called for pre-sentence reports and victim impact statements.

The trial was told that Lomax was shot in the leg with a shotgun, and then shot in the head with several rounds from a cut-down .22 rifle, before another shotgun blast hit him in the upper arm and chest.

He was then killed with shotgun blasts to both eyes.

The men both denied the joint murder charge and blamed each other for firing the fatal shots in their statements to the police, and Gosset also spent a day in the witness box, giving evidence in his defence. Both men claimed they had no plan and did not know the other one was going to kill Lomax.

The Crown accepted that it could not prove who fired the fatal shots, after what it described as lies by both defendants. However, it said they had a joint plan and could both be found guilty as parties to the murder.

The jury was told to be dispassionate in its consideration of a case that showed them the inner workings of the methamphetamine using community, which gave the trial its background of gangs and drugs and violence.

Justice Mander also recorded convictions for the charges the men had admitted as the trial began more than two weeks ago. These were charges of possession of methamphetamine, firearms, and ammunition.

He thanked the jury and the lawyers for their work during the trial. He told jury members he believed they must have found the trial “harrowing at times”, but he said they had clearly approached their task in a careful and analytical way.