Shayd Robinson in the dock on day one of his trial. Photo /
A man who had been fatally stabbed shouted after his
alleged attackers they should "fight like a man", a court has
been told today.
Witnesses also told the jury in the High Court at Wellington
today that they saw a young man lick a bloodied knife he
allegedly used to fatally stab Stokes Valley father of two
Aaron Hadfield and saying the blood tasted "sweet".
Shayd Robinson, 20, is on trial for the murder of 27-year-old
Mr Hadfield was stabbed after an alleged road rage incident
as he was returning home from picking up prescription
medicine for one of his young children on January 26.
A jury was sworn in this morning for a trial, but after
lunch, it was reduced to 11 after one of the jury members had
been excused by Justice Ronald Young.
A young witness this afternoon said she saw the fight between
Mr Hadfield, Robinson and his friend William Stark.
"I saw them punching the driver."
She said when they were walking away, she saw Robinson
holding a small knife.
"(Robinson) said 'I like the taste of your blood' and he
licked the knife."
She said while the young men were walking away, Mr Hadfield
called after them.
"He said 'next time you want to fight, fight like a man
Under cross-examination she told defence lawyer Mike
Antunovic that before the fight, she saw the car drive close
by Robinson and Stark.
Mr Antunovic suggested the witnesses may have heard from
another witness about Robinson allegedly licking the knife
and talking about how sweet the blood tasted.
The witnesses denied this and said she saw it.
The witness said she did not see Robinson's tongue on the
knife, and conceded he may have been wiping his face with his
sleeve while he was holding the knife.
Another witness Kerry-Anne Hirini told the court earlier she
also saw the incident.
She said there was a "frenzy" of punches inflicted by the men
on Mr Hadfield through the driver's window.
When Ms Hirini walked closer, she recognised Robinson, whom
she had known for many years, and said he was holding a small
"I'm sure that I saw Shayd lick the knife. I wish I hadn't,"
"He said 'Your blood tastes sweet'."
Ms Hirini helped Mr Hadfield out of the vehicle and tried to
stem the blood flow.
While they were waiting for emergency services, Mr Hadfield
spoke about wanting to be with his family.
"He just kept saying he wanted to get home to his partner and
Under cross-examination, she also told Mr Antunovic that
Robinson could have been wiping his sleeve across his face
and not licking the knife.
"I didn't see his tongue on the blade," she said.
She said Robinson wasn't behaving like he normally behaved,
and he looked "wired" and it was as though she was not even
This morning crown prosecutor Ian Murray told the jury that
Mr Hadfield was stabbed once in the chest and the knife
pierced his heart and lung.
He died the next morning in hospital.
Mr Antunovic said Robinson admitted he stabbed Mr Hadfield,
but it was in self-defence.
The trial has been set down for two weeks and more than 50
witnesses are expected to be called.