26 Oct 2016

Murder trial adjourned due to lack of jury members

2:47 pm on 26 October 2016

The trial of five people charged with murdering a Whanganui gang leader has been adjourned because a jury could not be put together.

Murder victim Craig Rippon

Craig Rippon Photo: Supplied

Only 11 members of the jury had been found when the list of those who had turned up for jury duty today was exhausted.

Justice Mallon asked the police to visit the homes of those summonsed for jury service, but who had not turned up, and order them to come to court tomorrow.

Matthew Thomas Madams, Kevin Roy Madams, Tyrone Peter Madams and two youths have pleaded not guilty to murdering Craig Rippon and participating in an organised criminal group.

Mr Rippon was a founding member of Whanganui Black Power but in more recent times had become known for his community work.