Case against Winders comprehensive - Crown

George Taiaroa
George Taiaroa

The Crown has called the defence arguments in the murder trial of road worker George Taiaroa "dead ends" and a "sideshow" intended to divert the jury from the real evidence.

Closing arguments are being made at the High Court in Rotorua, where Quinton Winders has pleaded not guilty to killing Mr Taiaroa on March 19, 2013.

Crown lawyer Amanda Gordon urged the jury to consider all the strands of evidence, saying together they build a "comprehensive" case that Winders was the killer.

The Crown's key evidence:

A case of mistaken identity?

The defence has suggested the killing could have been a case of mistaken identity.

During the trial, it was revealed the other stop-go worker on duty with Mr Taiaroa, Michael Pengally, had exposed himself to the five-year-old related to a Mongrel Mob member.

Ms Gordon told the jury there is no evidence to support this theory. She also pointed out that Mr Pengally was a very small man with scraggly hair, whereas Mr Taiaroa was a large male Maori who was almost bald.

"That was just a sideshow or dead end to try and divert your attention," Ms Gordon told the court.

But defence lawyer Jonathan Temm told the court in his closing statements his client had been set up.

"This is a case about a road worker who was killed and a fencer who was framed."

Mr Temm said Mr Pengally could have been the intended target. He also suggested the driver of the blue Jeep that fled the scene had been described as being of Maori descent. 

"The man at the other end had some people bearing him ill-will. Is it a case of mistaken identity?" 

Justice Kit Toogood will sum up the case on Wednesday before the jury retires to consider its verdict.