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Man told to expect lengthy jail term

By Sandra Conchie


A Waipa man said "we must eradicate all white people" before pointing a rifle at a Katikati policewoman who had been responding to a report of suspicious activity .

Hayden Flay, 20, yesterday pleaded guilty in the Tauranga District Court to two charges of burglary and one each of unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition, presenting a firearm at a police officer and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle.

Flay, who has been in custody since his arrest in Katikati on July 24, was further remanded in custody by Judge Thomas Ingram.

Flay has been warned to expect a lengthy jail term when he is sentenced on November 22.

The first burglary charge relates to Flay stealing a box of beer, a bottle of wine, a wallet containing $300, and keys to a Toyota Corolla after he kicked in the door of a house in Ohaupo on the afternoon of July 12.

Then, about 10pm on July 23, the court heard that an intoxicated Flay returned to the house before, using the car keys he had taken earlier, he drove the $12,000 Toyota Corolla over the Kaimais.

But as Flay turned into Poripori Rd he apparently lost control of the vehicle which slid down a bank.

He then hitched a ride to Katikati and, once there, he began searching residential properties for unlocked doors.

At about 2am on July 24, he entered a property in Tui Place and found an unsecured garage, which he entered, smashing four louvre windows and the fibrolite wall.

He then stole an antique .303 calibre rifle which was hanging on a wall, a large quantity of ammunition he found inside the garage cupboards, as well as documents and knives. He placed all the items inside two sacks and left, trailing ammunition down the road as he fled.

About 40 minutes, later a Katikati female constable approached Flay in Fairview Rd.

When she spoke to him, Flay said: "We must eradicate all white people", before he presented the .303 rifle at her through the patrol car window from a distance of 1.5m. Flay then ran off down Robinson Street dropping the sacks and firearm as he fled, but was located a short time later.

- BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

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