‘Drive, drive, I simply killed a cop’ – Gunman instructed accused getaway driver

Natalie Bracken on trial in the Auckland High Court.

2021-07-21 05:30:59

The lady accused of being a getaway driver after the homicide of police officer Matthew Hunt instructed the police she drove the gunman away as a result of he threatened her.

Natalie Bracken on trial in the Auckland High Court.

Natalie Bracken.
Photograph: RNZ / Nick Monro

Natalie Bracken is on trial alongside Eli Epiha on the Excessive Court docket at Auckland, the place she denies a cost of accent after the actual fact of homicide.

Epiha admits one cost of reckless driving inflicting damage and one cost of homicide, however denies the tried homicide of Hunt’s colleague David Goldfinch.

In a police interview performed to the jury this morning from the day after the taking pictures final June, Bracken instructed Detective Sergeant Ashley Matthews she didn’t know Epiha though his face seemed acquainted.

She stated she was having a cigarette at a home subsequent door to her ex-boyfriend’s on Reynella Drive when she heard a crash and ran throughout the street to assist an injured bystander.

Bracken recalled seeing a “massive dude” with a protracted plait and a camo t-shirt “taking pictures on the two cops” who at that stage, had been each alive.

“There have been simply heaps of massive bangs,” she stated.

She recalled the gunman firing at one of many officers from at most, 2 metres away.

She didn’t see Hunt being killed, however stated she seemed away, then noticed an officer mendacity on his again in the midst of the street.

Bracken stated she was operating again throughout the street to retrieve her cellphone, when she noticed the gunman making an attempt to get into her ex-boyfriend’s Mazda.

“He was like get me the f*** out of right here. Take me on this automobile now,” she stated.

“I used to be so scared. I believed he was going to shoot.”

She instructed the officer she didn’t know what to do, and didn’t need him to maintain taking pictures at anybody, so she retrieved the keys from the automobile’s footwell and opened the door.

“He was like ‘hurry the f*** up’, I jumped within the automobile and drove him away,” she stated.

“I did not realise the extent of what I used to be doing. I believed I used to be doing the best factor.”

Bracken stated Epiha confirmed her instructions on his cellphone, they usually drove for about 10 or quarter-hour earlier than she dropped him off.

“He was like ‘drive, drive, I simply killed a cop’,” she stated.

In court docket, Bracken hid her face because the video was performed.

Earlier within the trial, the jury noticed a video taken by a close-by resident, which seems to indicate Bracken driving away within the silver Mazda, with the gunman within the passenger seat.

Bracken was discovered by the police at a Te Atatū handle and arrested.

The trial earlier than a jury and Justice Venning continues.

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