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Sentencing For Woman Over Lead-Up To Motorway Drama Delayed

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Auckland, April 24 NZPA - A teenage woman who drove a man who later the same day was allegedly at the centre of an Auckland motorway shooting has had her sentencing delayed.

Margaret Patricia Iris Mann, 19, was due to be sentenced in Waitakere District Court on charges relating to events before a motorway confrontation which led to a police bullet killing innocent 17-year-old courier Halatau Naitoko on January 23.

Her lawyer John Mackey wanted sentencing to go ahead today, saying the charges she faced did not warrant prison time.

But Judge Phil Gittos said he needed to see a probation report before he could fairly sentence her and put off her sentencing until June 25.

Mann, wearing a pink singlet, scarf and jeans, has admitted charges of unlawfully getting into a stolen vehicle, failing to stop for police and driving while forbidden in relation to the events on January 23.

Police allege she drove at speeds of up to 90kmh in a 50kmh zone. At one stage she slowed down and as police approached, an associate in the back seat pointed a firearm at police.

The police constable drove away and called for backup, and once police turned around they saw the vehicle Mann had been driving was empty.

Mann also admitted another charge of driving while forbidden and one of giving false details relating to earlier events.

Later that day, police confronted an armed man on the Northwestern Motorway, leading to a drama which saw Mr Naitoko shot dead by a police officer after he was caught in the crossfire as the armed man allegedly tried to hijack a truck.

Stephen Hohepa McDonald, 50, faces several charges over the police pursuit, theft of vehicles and firearms offences relating to that incident.

Mr Mackey said Mann spent 2-1/2 months in custody while it was believed further charges could be laid but none were and he said she had nothing to do with the motorway incident.

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