‘Misguided loyalty’ cited for father who joined children in large scale drugs operation

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A father who has been sentenced to join his children on home detention for their role in a near million dollar cannabis operation acted in a “misguided sense of loyalty to his family”.

That was what defence lawyer Brian Foote said about Stephen Shaw, who was sentenced at Rotorua District Court on Friday to eight months’ home detention after pleading guilty to charges of possession of cannabis for supply and cultivating cannabis.

His children, Emma and Malcolm Shaw, were sentenced in January this year to nine months and eight months respectively.

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