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Winders absent after killing, court told

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/08/2016

Quinton Winders has been accused of the killing of stop-go man George Taiaroa. © RNZ / Robin Martin Quinton Winders has been accused of the killing of stop-go man George Taiaroa. The day after road worker George Taiaroa was killed, murder accused Quinton Winders failed to turn up on the farm where he was fencing, a High Court jury in Rotorua has been told.

Farmer Kieron O'Dwyer, who owns the land at Benneydale, said on Tuesday that he had heard about the murder and considered it suspicious that Winders wasn't there.

He said he rang Winders' father, Max, who said Winders must have been delayed.

About a week later, Mr O'Dwyer was on his own father's property when Winders arrived in his Lotus rather than his Jeep Cherokee.

He asked Winders where the Jeep was and was told the battery was flat.

"I said, 'There's been this murder. You need to go to the police because they are looking for a blue Jeep Cherokee like yours'.

"He said, 'I know about it.'"

The next meeting between the pair came when he went to Winders' parents' home and Winders jumped out in front of him from long grass.

Winders was repeating 'I'm under surveillance, I'm under surveillance'.

Mr O'Dwyer said he told Winders not to worry because he wasn't in the area at the time, to which Winders replied: "Oh, they got me on camera in Taumarunui."

Earlier, he said Winders was laughing when he told of how his father had backed into a car at a road works deviation near Atiamuri.

They had driven past the person with the stop sign, which they hadn't seen because it was on the ground.

It is the Crown's case that the minor crash led to Winders shooting Mr Taiaroa on March 19, 2013.

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