A gang member injured during a double shooting at a property in Kaiapoi has pleaded not guilty to firearm charges.
Jarrad James Ronald Singer, 31, appeared on two charges of unlawful possession of a firearm in the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday. Dressed in orange prison clothing, the only visible sign of his earlier injury was a wrist guard on his arm.
Defence lawyer Pip Hall QC indicated Singer would elect trial by jury and would apply for bail in the coming weeks.
Singer was unable to appear in court when his case was first called two weeks ago as he was still in Christchurch Hospital.
Police alleged a wounded Singer was dropped at Christchurch Hospital on January 4 after a shooting at a property in Kaiapoi, north of Christchurch. Police were called to the property about 3.30am after a man arrived there seeking help.
Patched Mongrel Mob Aotearoa member Fairmont Joseph Wiringi, 22, had been shot and was taken to Christchurch Hospital in a serious condition. About 5am, Singer was also dropped off at the hospital with a bullet wound to his arm.
His injury was not serious, and he was discharged a few days later and taken into custody.
Singer was charged alongside Mongols MC gang member Mokonuiarangi Tuatahi Chong, 23, and a woman after a firearm was allegedly found in their vehicle. The charge against the woman has since been dismissed.
No-one has been charged with shooting either Singer or Wiringi.
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Members of at least four gangs appear to have been involved in the double shooting thought to be linked to drugs rather than an underworld rivalry.
Stuff understands police suspect members the Neighbourhood Crips were also involved in the shooting, which was thought to have happened during a botched drug deal or robbery.