Man admits paying gang member to make someone close to him ‘disappear’

Kevin Tram has admitted the charge of attempting to procure murder in Auckland High Court.

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Kevin Tram has admitted the charge of attempting to procure murder in Auckland High Court.

A 29-year-old man has admitted trying to pay a gang member $300 to murder a relative.

Kevin Tram appeared in Auckland High Court on Friday where he pleaded guilty to attempted murder before Judge Neil Campbell.

He had previously been subject to an interim name deletion, but the Court of Appeal rejected his continuing offer earlier in August.

The reasons for the decision of the Court of Appeal have been deleted, as well as the identity of the victim.

According to the summary of facts, in August 2020, Tram approached a member of the Black Power gang to ask if he wanted to make some “hard and fast” money.

Tram said he wanted the gang member to “do someone” and would pay him $300.

The gang member first thought Tram was asking him to “break someone up” or “give him a hideout.”

When he asked the defendant for more information, Tram said he wanted the plaintiff killed.

The gang member told two other people what Tram had asked him to do.

Judge Neil Campbell released the man on bail for sentencing later this year.

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Judge Neil Campbell released the man on bail for sentencing later this year.

Shortly after that evening, Tram drove the gang member past the person’s house.

That evening, he withdrew $500 in cash from an ATM and gave the gang member $300 as payment for killing the plaintiff.

In the following days, Tram allegedly texted the gang member, using the code word “car” for the murder.

Eventually, the gang member became exasperated and told Tram to stop texting him, threatening to “crush him”.

In November 2021, the gang member told police that Tram asked him to ensure that the plaintiff was killed.

“…He was coming forward because he heard from an associate that the defendant had instructed another person to kill…” the summary reads.

“I agreed with him to do it, but I never really intended to do it,” he told police.

Tram was questioned by police in December and admitted to asking the gang member to make the person “disappear”.

He said he was going through dark times.

Tram claimed the $300 was to be used as bail and that it would “be expensive” to have the person killed.

The accused also said that after arranging with the gang member, he realized his “foolishness and foolishness” and did not want to go ahead with the plan.

Judge Campbell released Tram on bail for his sentencing later that year.

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