The Comancheros New Zealand president and two other senior gang members will spend a further three months behind bars after pleading guilty to assaulting a prisoner.
New Zealand chapter president Pasilika Naufahu, vice-president Tyson Daniels and Jarome Fonua today entered guilty pleas to an amended joint charge of assault after punching a man at Mt Eden Prison in November 2019.
The trio are already serving prison sentences for money laundering and drug related convictions after their respective trials in 2019 and 2020.
They were each sentenced to a further three months’ imprisonment at Auckland District Court.
The initial charge laid against them was assault with intent to injure, which held a maximum penalty of three years in prison.
But today the Crown put in an application to amend the joint charge to a lesser charge – common assault. It holds a maximum penalty of one year.
They sat in the dock flanked by six police officers, and waved at Daniels’ wife and two sisters in the public gallery.
“They are clearly not happy with what he has done,” said Daniels’ lawyer Marie Dyberg QC.
“They are standing by him and making their opinions of his conduct clear to him.”