● On January 19, about 9.30pm, Patrick Dennis Tarawa followed Chris Vujcich, whose van cut across an intersection in Kaikohe, causing him to apply the brakes to avoid a crash, court documents reveal.
● Tarawa’s pregnant partner, Tui Rihari, was in the car with him. He followed Vujcich to Kowhai St where the latter pushed him in the chest during an argument.
● Rihari got out of the vehicle and tried to convince both men to go their separate ways.
● The second of the two punches Tarawa threw connected with Vujcich’s head, causing him to fall backwards, land on a concrete footpath, and fall unconscious.
● Tarawa left the scene but returned shortly after. He saw police cars and an ambulance but didn’t hand himself in.
● Vujcich died from his injuries in the Bay of Islands Hospital in Kawakawa at noon the next day.
Patrick Tarawa at his sentencing in the High Court at Whanga¯ rei, for killing Christopher Vujcich (left).