Teen girls face mur­der charge

Ruapehu Press - - Out & About - PHILLIPA YALDEN

Two teenage girls ac­cused over the fa­tal stab­bing of Hamil­ton man Nor­man Kingi have now been charged with mur­der.

The pair, aged 13 and 15, ap­peared in Hamil­ton Youth Court on Wed­nes­day where charges of ag­gra­vated wound­ing were with­drawn and re­placed with one count each of mur­der.

The 15-year-old also faces an ad­di­tional charge of un­law­ful in­ter­fer­ence with a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

Both girls have been in cus­tody since they first ap­peared in court on Sat­ur­day.

Judge Noel Cocu­rullo re­manded the pair, who can’t be iden­ti­fied, in cus­tody to a youth jus­tice fa­cil­ity to reap­pear in the High Court at Hamil­ton on Au­gust 15.

A large con­tin­gent as­so­ci­ated with the ac­cused turned out to the court ap­pear­ance, pack­ing both the down­stairs and up­stairs pub­lic gallery of the court­room.

Po­lice said ear­lier 54 year old Kingi had dis­turbed a group of youths break­ing into a ve­hi­cle on Ranui St in Dins­dale about 11.30pm on Fri­day.

They al­lege an al­ter­ca­tion took place dur­ing which time the Hamil­ton fa­ther suf­fered crit­i­cal in­juries. Kingi was given im­me­di­ate help and rushed to Waikato Hos­pi­tal where he died just af­ter mid­night.

There had been a party in the area with a num­ber of young peo­ple at­tend­ing, po­lice said ear­lier.

They were also look­ing for any­one who had con­tact with a group of three girls wear­ing dark cloth­ing and walk­ing to­gether around the Dins­dale and Naw­ton area on Fri­day evening.

A 12-year-old was also ar­rested over the in­ci­dent and re­ferred to Youth Aid.

Kingi was farewelled at a tangi on the Hia Kaitu­peka Marae near Tau­marunui on Tues­day.

An avid rugby player, Kingi played cen­tre for the Fair­field United Yel­low Bel­lies over-50 rugby team

Club mem­ber John Cruickshank ear­lier de­scribed him as a ‘‘good fam­ily man’’.

‘‘He was a good club man. He was a gentle­man, but would also call a spade a spade. He was a very pop­u­lar per­son at the club.

‘‘He would give the shirt off his back to peo­ple.’’

Kingi was walk­ing home from the Frank­ton Rail­way Com­bined Sports Club at the time.

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