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Gang member pleads guilty to manslaughter for fatal hit-and-run while fleeing police

A Black Power gang member has entered guilty pleas to manslaughter and a host of reckless driving charges after killing an innocent pedestrian in a hit-and-run in Christchurch last year.

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The 21-year-old, who sparked a nine-day manhunt in Christchurch, has appeared in court, via video-link. Source: (C) 2018 THE NEW YORK TIMES

Liam Teau Ariki Strickland was arrested on August 16, 2019, after a police chase turned into a week-long manhunt in which armed police raided properties all over the city, before eventually flushing him out.

He struck and killed pedestrian Dean Amies, 48, while trying to flee a patrol car through New Brighton and continued without stopping to check the innocent bystander was alive.

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Family of pedestrian killed in Christchurch hit-and-run hope for justice as manhunt continues Source: 1 NEWS

The victim's sister, Carla Amies, has previously remembered the father of four, who had close ties to the homeless community in New Brighton, as a “beautiful man”.

“They’ve taken away our brother who we love very, very much and he was so important to us,” she said at the time.

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Carla Amies says her brother, Dean, was a beautiful man and an ‘innocent party’ in the incident. Source: 1 NEWS

Strickland showed little emotion as he entered guilty pleas to several charges, including manslaughter, reckless driving, failing to stop for police, and injuring a police officer with a vehicle, in an appearance at a court in Christchurch this morning.

The patched gang member will be sentenced on June 30 and faces a lengthy prison sentence.

An earlier version of this story erroneously stated Strickland was a member of the Mongrel Mob.