Murder accused youth makes court appearance
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.