A man charged with the murder of an expat New Zealander
on holiday at Waihi Beach on New Year's Day boasted to
party-goers that he was "the king" and had "shanked someone", a
court has heard.
Israel Kaihau, 19, has pleaded not guilty at the High Court
at Hamilton for the murder of Robert Wilkinson.
64-year-old Wilkinson, also known as Murray, died in Waikato
Hospital on January 3rd after he was stabbed in the neck and
head outside the caravan that he and his wife were staying in
at Waihi Beach on New Year's Day.
In his opening submission, Crown prosecutor Ross Douch said
much of the evidence that will be presented at the trial
would focus on three addresses Kaihau was seen at on New
Kaihau was on bail and under curfew conditions at the time,
but went to a girl's 18th birthday party in Citrus Ave, Mr
Kaihau left the house to go to the New Year's countdown at
the Waihi Beach Surf Club.
He then went to a nearby house and introduced himself to
people as "Izzy the King".
Partygoers quickly tired of Kaihau and sent him away but he
told them he didn't want to leave because he would likely be
arrested by police, the court heard.
He ran off and was eventually seen hiding in some bushes by
Mr Wilkinson's wife Louise who was going to bed at the beach
road property she and her husband were staying at.
She called him 'sweetheart' and despite Kaihau's pleas that
he was wanted by police she asked him to leave before she
went back into the caravan.
Almost immediately she heard her husband say "you can't stay
here, we're going to report you".
Mrs Wilkinson went out to find her husband slumped against
the garage door with a large stab wound to the left side of
his head that left an 8.5cm wound and punctured his brain, Mr
Kaihau then returned to the Citrus Ave party where he asked
for a band-aid for a cut to his hand.
He then told people that he had "shanked" someone, before
hitching back to his Waihi home.
Defence lawyer Paul Mabey QC said the matter for the jury to
consider was whether Kaihau had intent in his mind when he
killed Mr Wilkinson.
The trial before Robert Dobson is expected to continue next
- By James Ihaka of the NZ Herald