P-lab explosion accused to face trial

By Sandra Conchie of the Bay of Plenty Times -
Thick smoke bellowed from a shed that had caught alight in Katikati. Photo / File
Thick smoke bellowed from a shed that had caught alight in Katikati. Photo / File

Seven men and a woman facing drug dealing and/or manufacturing charges after a P-lab explosion at a Katikati property in December have all been committed to the High Court for trial.

Karl Rodney Goldsbury, 38, of Maketu; Terence William Jones, 35, and Tracey Angela Farrow, 27, from Katikati; Damon Best, 23, of Gate Pa; Mark Kimber, 48, of Hairini; Simon Christopher Whare, 38, of Te Puke; and Ryan David Carroll, 33, of Judea, and John Aitken, 38, of Papamoa were committed to trial in Tauranga District Court today.

They are charged with various methamphetamine manufacture, supply or related charges, and Goldsbury, Farrow, and Jones also face an additional arson charge.

That relates to an allegation that they deliberately set fire to the former King Cat industrial building in Park Rd, Katikati to destroy evidence when armed police raided it on December 9.

All eight defendants are scheduled to appear in the High Court at Rotorua on August 15 for a callover hearing to set a trial date.

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