Jury sent home for the night in trial of man accused of shooting police

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The jury has been sent home for the night after starting to consider its verdicts this afternoon in the case of a man on trial for shooting four police officers in the Bay of Plenty.

Today Rhys Warren accused Crown prosecutors and the judiciary of colluding with police officers in an effort to stitch him up.

Warren, who is representing himself, made the comments in a closing address to jurors in the High Court in Hamilton.

The 28-year-old faces six charges, including attempted murder, after shooting at armed offenders squad members who entered his family's Bay of Plenty house in March last year.

He admits to firing at some of the men but maintains he didn't know they were police officers.

"The Crown have come up with a big cover up story to make up for the way they came into my nan’s house and misbehaved.”

Rhys Warren, defending himself, said it was never his intention for someone to get hurt.
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He said the judge, prosecutor and police were all paid by the Crown and were united in their intent to have him convicted.

"They've been playing this game for decades," he said.

"You see how heavily stacked the odds are against me today?"

He said the Officer-In-Charge had tampered with evidence and compared the case to that of Arthur Allan Thomas, who was pardoned after it was found police had planted evidence to frame him.

Warren told jurors he shot at the police out of fear for his own life.

"I did not intend to shoot the officer or anyone, let alone kill them."

The Crown says the Armed Offenders Squad members had appealed to Warren on a loudspeaker to come out of the house before entering.

The officers were dispatched to the rural property after colleagues on a routine cannabis spotting operation were shot at earlier in the day.

Deliberations will resume tomorrow.

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