An attack on a young father who died after being stabbed took
just minutes, witnesses told a court today.
Shayd Robinson, 20, is on trial at the High Court in
Wellington accused of murdering Stokes Valley man Aaron
The 27-year-old father of two had been picking up some
prescription medicine for one of his children on January 26
when he was attacked in an alleged road rage incident by
Robinson and his friend William Stark.
Witness Adam Huaki said he was at his house when he heard a
loud thud and swearing.
He looked outside and saw two young men apparently punching
the driver of the car.
The attack lasted "about a minute", he said.
Mr Huaki said after the assault, the bleeding driver got out
of the car. He recognised him as Mr Hadfield.
He ran to call the police before rushing out to help Mr
Hadfield, he said.
Under cross-examination, he told defence lawyer Mike
Antunovic the attack stopped when he saw Stark pull Robinson
away from the car by using "a bit of force" before walking
Mr Huaki's girlfriend Marissa Robinson told the court the men
walked away "casually, like nothing had happened".
Another witness, Colin Berkett, said the incident lasted less
than two minutes.
After the attack happened he saw Mr Hadfield get out of the
"I thought he had a blood nose ... but then I was told he was
He told Mr Antunovic he last saw the two young men running
along George Street.
Crown prosecutor Ian Murray yesterday (Mon) told the jury 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.
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