A lawyer says an illegal pub run from a Hells Angels gang pad is similar to moves made by the New Zealand Defence Force to curb drunken antics by soldiers in Palmerston North.
The submission was made during the sentencing of Lyall Charles Henwood in the Palmerston North District Court on Thursday.
He was fined $2000 for allowing people to run the bar at the gang’s Palmerston North pad. The maximum fine was $40,000.
Henwood, 60, is a long-time Angels member who owns the pad on Albert St, which he rents to the gang for $400 a week.
There is no doubt the property is the gang’s pad – the iconic death’s head logo is emblazoned on the main building facing the street – and he has a cabin out back he uses as he wishes.
Police raided the pad in June 2020 as part of an investigation into methamphetamine production and supply throughout the central North Island.