Epiha, who had already admitted to the murder of Constable Matthew Hunt during the same incident in June 2020, didn’t dispute firing at Goldfinch, but maintained he was trying to scare away the constable.
Association President Chris Cahill says it was particularly harrowing for those connected to the officers, and many others throughout New Zealand, to listen to the facts of this case as they laid bare the extent of the violence perpetrated against officers Hunt and Goldfinch.
"The cold, calculated and deliberate murder of Matt, and the attempted murder of Dave were clearly demonstrated, as was Epiha’s intent and lack of remorse," Mr Cahill says.
"It was nothing short of disgusting to witness Epiha’s attempt to shift the blame away from himself."
Mr Cahill says it now rests with the judge to deliver a sentence which reflects the condemnation New Zealanders expect.
"This verdict and future sentencing will not bring back Matt, it won’t heal David’s injuries, and it will not make their fellow officers any safer.
"What it will do, however, is send a very clear message to police officers who take enormous risks in their daily job, that they are valued."
In this issue
- President's Column: Great addition to tactical toolbox
- Mums in Blue: Seeking common ground to ease the mother load
- Criminal proceeds threshold 'ill-conceived'
- Association backs bill to hold perpetrators to account
- Iam Keen December 2022
- Running for a cause
- The generation game: Winning over Gen Z
- Time to move on youth violence