22 Apr 2024

Rainbow crossing painted over: Six accused of Gisborne incidents plead not guilty

7:10 pm on 22 April 2024

By Chris Taewa of NZ Herald

A rainbow pedestrian crossing has been painted over by Destiny Church members in Gisborne

Photo: RNZ / Angus Dreaver

Six people charged with offences connected to the rainbow crossing on Gladstone Road, Gisborne pleaded not guilty in Gisborne District Court today.

The alleged offences relate to incidents on separate dates last month.

Leighton Packer, 45, is jointly charged with Ernest Murray Packer, 46, Wayne Pohatu, 50, and Christopher Robert Fawcett, with intentionally damaging (by painting over it) a rainbow street painting belonging to Gisborne District Council on 25 March.

Leighton and Ernest Packer are jointly charged with William Montgomery Gosset Grace, 54, and James Stanley Mikara, 45, of preparing to commit an imprisonable offence in the same location on 27 March.

The defendants will reappear for separate case review hearings - one for each charge - on 29 May.

- This story was originally published by the New Zealand Herald.

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