Mur­der ac­cused youth makes court ap­pear­ance

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By SI­MON DAY

A 16-year-old boy has ap­peared in the Auck­land Youth Court charged with the mur­der of promis­ing young rugby league player Luke Tipene.

The ac­cused’s fam­ily and friends wept as he made his first ap­pear­ance on Mon­day.

The boy was re­manded in cus­tody un­til his next ap­pear­ance in the High Court later this month.

The friends and fam­ily shouted ‘‘love you’’ and the ac­cused waved to the gallery as he was taken from the court.

Luke was be­lieved to have been stabbed in the throat with a bro­ken bot­tle out­side a party in Grey Lynn early on Satur­day morn­ing.

The 17-year-old was a mem­ber of the New Zealand Un­der-16s league side last year and the cap­tain of the Akarana team that won the na­tional 17s com­pe­ti­tion this year.

Luke Tipene.

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