Stratford Press

Murder accused make court appearance

- Tara Shaskey Open Justice

Two men and a teen charged with murdering a young father are in custody, their identities temporaril­y suppressed.

Police arrested the trio, aged 26, 25, and 16, last week in relation to the death of 23-year-old Taranaki man Rei Marshall, a father of two.

The accused, who police confirmed have gang connection­s, each faced a murder charge when they briefly appeared in New Plymouth District Court and Youth Court last week.

Marshall was taken to Taranaki Base Hospital on the evening of

August 3 with serious injuries. Despite receiving medical treatment, he died.

Soon after, a homicide investigat­ion was launched and a house on South Rd in Blagdon and the vehicle used to transport Marshall to hospital became a focus for police.

In court, the accused made brief and separate appearance­s via audiovisua­l link.

All three defence counsel requested name suppressio­n for their clients.

Judge Gregory Hikaka granted the applicatio­ns, which were not opposed by police.

The two men did not enter pleas and were remanded into custody by consent. They will appear in the High

Court at New Plymouth on August 26.

The youth, who entered no plea, will remain with police in the interim.

Police are now appealing to the public for sightings and any informatio­n regarding two vehicles — a grey or silver 2005 Mazda Axela hatchback with a damaged front driver’s side headlight sighted in the Blagdon area of New Plymouth from August 2 until about 5.30pm on August 3, and a Japanese hatchback, possibly blue in colour and a 2010 model, seen in the vicinity of 100 South Rd on August 3 about 6pm.

Police have asked anyone with informatio­n about either vehicle to call its dedicated phone line on 0800 287 453.

 ?? Photo / Supplied ?? Jacob Mills Ramsay was found dead at a South Taranaki property on July 31.
Photo / Supplied Jacob Mills Ramsay was found dead at a South Taranaki property on July 31.

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