Jury visits scene of Taiaroa's death

Quinton Winders arrives at the scene with lawyers and a Corrections officer (Karen Rutherford / Newshub.)
Quinton Winders arrives at the scene with lawyers and a Corrections officer (Karen Rutherford / Newshub.)

A Rotorua jury of seven women and five men has spent the morning traversing the path of the blue Jeep Cherokee linked to the murder of George Taiaroa.

A bus carrying the jury made the 80km round trip under police escort, from the Rotorua High Court to the murder scene beyond Atiamuri to the south.

They carried maps and photograph booklets under their arms as they visited several locations key to the case.

The accused, 45-year-old Quinton Winders, travelled behind them in a van with a Corrections officer. 

Jury visits scene of Taiaroa's death

Jurors assess the Tram Rd bridge where George Taiaroa was manning roadworks when he was shot (Karen Rutherford / Newshub.)

At the first location an officer on the case, Detective Gavin Mackay, addressed the jury.

He pointed out the spot where Winders and his father had been involved in a minor traffic accident with another motorist a week before the March 2013 murder.

Mr Taiaroa was the stop-go worker on duty that day, and the court has heard his sign was not visible enough.

The jury bus also stopped for 40 minutes at the Tram Rd bridge nearby, where it's alleged Winders fired the deadly shot at 67-year-old Mr Taiaroa, who was again controlling traffic flow.

Jury visits scene of Taiaroa's death

Quinton Winders and his lawyers at Tram Rd bridge where the Mr Taiaroa was shot (Karen Rutherford / Newshub.)

Jury members walked in groups of two or three and pointed as they crossed the bridge, retracing the path of the blue Jeep Cherokee allegedly driven by the accused as he sped off towards Tirohanga Rd.

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