Pita Wilson jailed for role in kidnapping



  • Former Southland Stags rugby player Pita Wilson jailed for role in kidnapping

    A former Southland Stags rugby player at the centre of the kidnapping of three men and the assault of one in Queenstown in late 2014 has been sentenced to time in jail.
    After a seven-day trial in the Invercargill District Court, Pita William Wilson, 40, of Glenorchy, was found guilty earlier this month of kidnapping Joseph Armstrong, Andrew Lee and Casey Johnston between November 25 and 26, 2014, and injuring Mr Armstrong with intent to injure.
    Sentencing him today, Judge Brian Callaghan said a total sentence of three years and 10 months was appropriate given Wilson's actions on the night and his previous numerous convictions for violence.
    Armstrong had been detained and assaulted in his home, a cabin in the Lakeview Holiday Park.
    The judge said while Wilson had not gone there with the intention of assaulting Mr Armstrong, he had gone there to confront him about whether he was having a relationship with his girlfriend.
    ''I agree while this wasn't a home invasion, it became a revenge attack.''
    Mark Junior Taylor (19), of Bluff, was sentenced to three months' community detention and 160 hours of community work.
    Judge Callaghan said a community-based sentence was appropriate because of his age, his limited involvement in the incident and the fact he was a first offender.
    At trial, the jury found Taylor not guilty on kidnapping charges but guilty of being a party to assaulting Mr Armstrong.
    Taylor was at the cabin ''at the wrong time'', the judge said today. Out of loyalty to Wilson, he acted as look-out while Mr Armstrong was assaulted and helped detain the three men at the cabin.
    Mitchell McClenaghan appeared for the Crown. John Westgate appeared for Wilson and David Slater for Taylor.

    • Otago Daily Times



  • Vaguely remember him forming a pretty decent loose forward trio with Troy Flavell and Ron Cribb. I remember one HUGE hit on Dylan Mika.....
     
    Pretty handy with the hits off the field too evidently.



  • Pretty handy fast bowling lawyer appearing for the crown too.see final paragraph.



  • Wilson has basically been trouble since high school from what I've heard. Rugby has kept him on the straight and narrow for a while, but not any more . . .



  • Jesus that boy has been in some trouble.
    Dropped from the Stags numerous times for alcohol related incidents including a bar brawl at the Tekapo tavern.
    Cage fighting in Japan.
    Shot 5(!) times in the gut 10 years ago. Gang related incident on the Gold Coast.
    Now this, sheesh. He is all but guaranteed to be a career criminal isn't he. No hope.



  • Jesus that boy has been in some trouble.
    Dropped from the Stags numerous times for alcohol related incidents including a bar brawl at the Tekapo tavern.
    Cage fighting in Japan.Shot 5(!) times in the gut 10 years ago. Gang related incident on the Gold Coast.
    Now this, sheesh. He is all but guaranteed to be a career criminal isn't he. No hope.

    Really ? any more info on that ?
     
    Keith Robinson ain't got shit on this guy.....





  • Damn shame. I guess every team could use a bit of mongrel on the field but sounds like he was off the charts OFF the field too.....
     
    As I said before I do remember him doing some decent stuff. Did he ever player Super Rugby ?



  • http://dinosmc.com/news/gcshoot9.htm
     
    Personal items belonging to him - I wonder what?



  • Schoolboy error taking off your bulletproof vest before you get shot.



  • He didn't even release a rap album after he got shot. That's another school boy error.