Man­slaugh­ter ver­dict in mur­der trial of teen

Taranaki Daily News - - National News - Mike Mather

One of two teenaged girls in­volved in the fa­tal stab­bing of a man in a Hamil­ton street has been found guilty of his man­slaugh­ter.

Her co-ac­cused was found not guilty. The 16-year-old and a 14-year-old have been on trial in the High Court in Hamil­ton, charged with mur­der­ing Nor­man Kingi, 54, who died after the in­ci­dent in Ra¯ nui St, Hamil­ton, about 11.30pm on Fri­day, July 28 last year.

The Crown case against the pair al­leged they were the elder two of three girls – at the time aged 15, 13 and 12 – who were caught in the act of break­ing into a Nis­san Primera owned by Kingi and his part­ner, Vicki-Lee Rei­hana, which was parked out­side their house.

The cou­ple caught the youngest girl, while the other two ran off – only to re­turn soon after armed with a knife and a screw­driver.

There was a con­fronta­tion and it is al­leged the old­est girl, who had the knife, stabbed Kingi in the heart, fa­tally in­jur­ing him.

The older girl was found guilty of man­slaugh­ter and will be sen­tenced on De­cem­ber 17. She was re­manded in cus­tody and her name sup­pres­sion will con­tinue un­til that date.

As the jury read out their ver­dicts, the 16-year-old dis­solved into tears.

As she left the court­room, fam­ily mem­bers called out: ‘Love you’’.

The 14-year-old was granted per­ma­nent name sup­pres­sion.

Speak­ing for Kingi’s fam­ily, po­lice De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Gra­ham Pitketh­ley said they had ac­cepted the ver­dict and were glad the case had come to an end.

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