Ac­cused didn’t ‘in­tend to kill her’

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A man who bru­tally bashed his part­ner later phoned po­lice and said: ‘‘I have killed her with my hands and feet. I have beaten her and killed her,’’ the High Court at Ro­torua has heard.

James Wil­liam Te Hiko, 44, is charged with the mur­der of Quee­nie Karaka, also known as Se­lena Thomp­son, at his home near Ati­a­muri in April last year.

The Waikato man ad­mits caus­ing her death but de­nies he in­tended for her to die.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Amanda Gor­don said the as­sault was so bru­tal and sus­tained that Te Hiko must have known Thomp­son, known to friends as ‘‘Nina’’, would not sur­vive.

She said the pair had been in an on-off re­la­tion­ship since 2014 and the night be­fore the in­ci­dent they’d been drink­ing with friends and fam­ily at On­garoto Marae vil­lage.

The next morn­ing Te Hiko phoned his mother, cry­ing and mum­bling, and said ‘‘I did it’’.

He then phoned a po­lice of­fi­cer from Toko­roa and said he’d beaten and killed his part­ner.

When his brother came to his house from the home next door, he said: ‘‘I couldn’t stop, I’m sorry Nina, I couldn’t stop brother’’ over and over.

When his brother went into a bed­room to see if Thomp­son was still alive, her face was so badly bruised he didn’t recog­nise her.

Gor­don said blood was found through­out the house but mostly in the cou­ple’s bed­room, in­clud­ing up the walls.

Thomp­son must have been ly­ing on the ground for some of the at­tack and had de­fen­sive in­juries on her arms and bruises to al­most ev­ery part of her body. Chunks of her hair were found through­out the house and even out­side be­low a win­dow.

A large me­tal pipe was also used in the at­tack - it was found to have the vic­tim’s blood and hair on it.

Te Hiko ‘‘left her to die in the bed’’ and mean­while had a shower and changed his clothes, at­tempt­ing to mop up the blood with tow­els.

Gor­don said Te Hiko told his sis­ter he had beaten up his part­ner ’’be­cause she told him she’d been muck­ing around on him’’.

De­fence lawyer Harry Ed­ward said his client ac­cepted he had caused Thomp­son’s death but was not act­ing reck­lessly and didn’t know his ac­tions would kill her.

‘‘He’s not try­ing to say he’s done noth­ing wrong, he’s say­ing I did some­thing hor­ri­ble ... but I did not in­tend to kill her.’’

There were 13 fam­ily harm in­ci­dents for the week which re­sulted in two ar­rests.

The causes be­hind many of these in­ci­dents have been fi­nance re­lated so we sug­gest peo­ple seek help through the likes of Work and In­come and Bud­get Ad­vi­sory. Bur­glar­ies There was one bur­glary of a stor­age shed which was pretty much empty any­way so noth­ing was re­ally taken. Drink driv­ers Three drink driv­ers were stopped over the week­end.

Again these peo­ple have failed to plan how they are go­ing to get home be­fore they started drink­ing.they were in the lower range and re­ceived in­stant fines.

It doesn’t take much to be over the 250 mi­cro­grams of al­co­hol per litre of breath limit, one or two drinks at the most and you are over, which seems to catch a lot of peo­ple out so peo­ple need to take that into con­sid­er­a­tion. Hunt­ing The Roar has be­gun which means it’s a good time to en­sure you have got safety up to scratch.

It only takes a split sec­ond for things to go hor­ri­bly wrong. Check your fire zone, make sure every­one is ac­counted for, and clearly iden­tify your tar­get.

*Se­nior Sergeant Ja­son Hen­der­son

‘‘He left her to die in the bed.’’

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