A Maketu man spotted armed police outside a shed he was
allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine (P) in, prompting him
to smash much of the evidence and set fire to the building, a
High Court jury has heard.
Tauranga prosecutor Jasper Rhodes said that, minutes before
the fire erupted, Karl Rodney Goldsbury and Terrence William
Jones had rolled out from under the industrial shed's door,
saw police and immediately rolled back in, setting about
smashing equipment associated with making methamphetamine
before torching the building.
When police forced their way in, Goldsbury was sitting in a
chair and made no attempt to run off, despite the flames
licking through the building, Mr Rhodes said.
"The Crown says the huge fire was deliberately lit to destroy
the shed and manufacturing process, that this was a dramatic
end to his [Goldsbury's] involvement in the methamphetamine
Goldsbury is charged with arson, supplying material to
manufacture methamphetamine, conspiring to supply
methamphetamine and possessing material for its manufacture.
He is also jointly charged with Whare with manufacturing
methamphetamine and, with Kimber, supplying it.
In addition, he is charged with Carroll, Jones and Farrow
with conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine, and together
with Jones attempting to pervert the course of justice. Mr
Rhodes opened the Crown's case yesterday.
Farrow has pleaded not guilty to offering to supply
methamphetamine to her sister on the day of the fire.
At the start of the trial, Jones pleaded guilty to an
offering to supply charge. The charges cover a period in 2012
between September 19-December 8, when the building ignited.
Mr Rhodes said the jury would hear that the methamphetamine
operation the charges related to was professional,
underground and a black market for selling P.
The trial is before Justice Patrick Keane and is scheduled to
run for two weeks.
- By Jill Nicholas of the Bay of Plenty Times