Two are un-named youths aged 14 and 15, the others are Simon Meka Herewini, 20, and Rawiri James Samuel, 21.
Co-incidentally, Simon Meka Herewini bears the same family name as someone who was caught up in aftermath of the murder of Scottish tourist Karen Aim, namely Leigh Herewini.
34 year old Leigh Herewini found Karen dying from her injuries on a Taupo street in January 2008 . He was a security guard at a school near to where she was found and said he was responding to an alarm at the school when he discovered her.
Local youth Jache Broughton, who was 14 at the time of the attack, later changed his plea to guilty of her murder.
In a court hearing Herewini gave evidence that Broughton had shown him the murder weapon in the days following the killing:
“The teenager accused of murdering Scottish tourist Karen Aim allegedly hid the baseball bat he used to kill her under his house and then showed the bloodstained, dented object to a man he knew.
Leigh Herewini, a 34-year-old security guard, said he felt “uncomfortable” when he saw the bat because “it could’ve been the bat that hurt the girl”.
Mr Herewini was testifying at the second day of a depositions hearing at the Taupo Youth Court yesterday.
The accused, who was 14 when he allegedly murdered Ms Aim in January, stared at Mr Herewini while he gave evidence.
But Mr Herewini avoided his gaze and told the court the accused had shown him the baseball bat when he had gone to his house about two or three days after Ms Aim was killed.
“It had a lot of dents and bitsmissing off it,” Mr Herewini said. “It looked like it had blood on it.”
He said the accused had called him on the day Ms Aim was killed and told him he knew who was responsible for the murder.
“He said it was a guy Bryan, a Mongrel Mob prospect from Rotorua.”
Leigh Herewini also helped Broughton cover up the savage bashing of another female in Taupo, this from the NZ Herald, 6 February 2009. Reporting of it was suppressed for fear of prejudicing Broughton’s trial for the murder of Karen Aim:
Security guard shielded Karen Aim’s killer
The security guard who called police to report smashed windows at a Taupo college on the night Karen Aim’s body was found nearby had earlier helped Jahche Broughton to cover up the bashing of another female.
The guard, Leigh Herewini, 37, was the former partner of Broughton’s aunt and would often take the 14-year-old on security rounds with him.
Leigh Herewini was found guilty of being an accessory after the fact.
Broughton then went to Herewini’s house, where the guard helped to stash the girl’s stolen pink handbag.
Herewini was working the night Ms Aim was murdered and helped to cordon off the scene. He was charged with being an accessory after the fact and sentenced to five months’ community detention and six months’ supervision.
The case, in Rotorua in November, was not covered by the media because details of his part in the crime were suppressed for fear they would prejudice Broughton’s trial. Suppression orders were lifted yesterday following the young killer’s guilty plea.
Herewini testified against Broughton during a depositions hearing in September.
Small world. Rotorua and Taupo seem to have a poor record for violent youth offending don’t they?
Our advice to visitors is to be aware of your personal safety at all times and to keep to well frequented areas at night.
Update: 21 year old Rotorua baker Rawiri James Samuel and an un-named 20 year old male have been charged with murder and Two youths aged 14 and 15 were later charged with assault in connection with the death in Kuirau Park. Police have retrieved property belong to the deceased man, Roman Henry Skorek, and have searched properties in Rotorua.
Mr Skorek suffered stab wounds to his face and body during the attack. He had recently arrived from Niue to Rotorua and had been staying at the Crash Palace Backpackers hostel in Rotorua every summer for the last 5 years. He is believed to have no family in New Zealand but has a daughter who lives in the United States.
Our sincere condolences are extended to Mr Skorek’s family and friends.
On the day that police said they were “confident” that the savage death of a 64 year old Polish man in Rotorua’s Kuirau Park yesterday morning wasn’t gang related (are gangs and their prospects supposed to leave business cards with their victims now and how can four perps not constitute a gang ?) we hear that a middle aged man was beaten up for wearing the wrong colour T shirt in Napier.
Two teenage youths from the small town of Napier, “Black Power” country, have been charged for mugging a man who dared to wear a black and red T shirt on their turf just before Christmas.
The NZ Herald covered the story, saying
“The youths, aged 16 and 18, will appear in Napier District Court on charges of aggravated robbery and injuring with intent to injure.
Police said the 52-year-old victim had gone to the shops at Greenmeadows on December 23 when he was approached. One of the alleged attackers told him: “This is BP (Black Power) country” and said they were going to take his shirt off him. The shirt’s colours, black and red, are those of the rival Mongrel Mob gang.
The man refused to hand over his shirt and was attacked when he came out of the shop…” more here
The irony is that these two young thugs probably aren’t even Black Power members, but prospects. No doubt their membership chances will be much improved once they’ve served their sentence.
Surely there must be more fruitful and rewarding things for young men to do in Napier?
Kuirau Park Sex Attack
On Sunday evening a 15 year old girl was attacked by a man in the same park where the 60 year old man was found dead. Police think the attack may’ve been sexually motivated. According to a report in Stuff Kuirau Park has a reputation for sexual activity and a 13 year old girl was assaulted in a reserve in the suburb of Fordlands in late November.
Hot Pool Death
Our readers may remember eight year old Toromon Toromon, who was playing in council owned Kuirau Park park with family and friends late Dec 2010, when he accidentally fell into one of the thermal pools. Sadly the little boy died from his injuries in hospital. For more read Hot Pool Fencing and Signage Under Scrutiny In Kuirau Recreational Park and Child Dies After Rotorua Hot Pool Plunge – updated
Rotorua parks: not such a safe places for children, parents take note. Take care how you dress them too:
New Zealand. Any Colour So Long As It’s Black : 4 year old attacked for wearing a red T-shirt in Whakatane and a man gets bashed in New Plymouth because his dog had a red leash.
Take care in Rotorua’s supermarkets too. This is a video of two security guards getting wacked by a mother and daughter team earlier this month, it soon went viral
Don’t get caught up in a brawl when shoplifters are challenged. It is socially acceptable in New Zealand to just stand-by and watch – there is no obligation to lend assistance.
Eve Margaret Campbell, 50, and her daughter Cherylly Campbell, 30 later appeared in court charged with aggravated assault.