Friday, December 12, 2008
Even better news...
Don't let the tidy, nice young man look deceive. Hayden Wallace, Karl Check and Ranji Forbes are members or associates of the Mongrel Mob. And just a few moments ago, they were found guilty of the murder of Jhia Te Tua, barely 2km from the Inventory whare in Wanganui. And that is welcome news indeed.
Wallace, on the left, was a Mob prospect under Check's "tuition". Check (in the middle), a patched Mob member, ordered Wallace to do the shooting. Forbes, a Mob associate drove the vehicle from which Wallace fired the shots. This was not a random act. It was a planned retaliation.
Jhia's father Josh Te Tua is a patched Black Power member. In Keeping Stock's considered opinion, that makes him no better than the animals who shot his daugher - because the bullet was meant for him.
There are no winners from the scourge of gang violence in Wanganui or anywhere else - everybody loses. Jhia's mother has lost her daughter because of her partner's gangster life. Josh Te Tua was involved in a drive-by shooting at the Mongrel Mob pad a few months before - having sown the seeds, he has to reap the harvest - the direct result of which was the shooting of his daughter. The community loses its sense of safety and security. The list goes on - and all the while the Dogs and the Blacks continue their feud - here in Wanganui and elsewhere.
There's a sense of irony in that these verdicts have been passed down as Parliament begins debating National's get-tough-on-crime agenda. If Parliament can make progress towards some REAL and EFFECTIVE action against gangs, Jhia Te Tua's tragic death may not have been totally in vain.