Hinekawa Topia and her siblings.
The father of a 2-month-old triplet who died in January
last year has admitted murdering her.
Thomas Tamatea Ariki-Nui McGregor appeared in the High Court
at Wanganui today facing seven charges and pleaded guilty to
murdering his daughter Hinekawa Topia on January 12, 2012.
She died of head injuries after being taken to Wanganui
He also admitted wounding another of the triplets between
December 21, 2011 and January 12, 2012.
Crown prosecutor Lance Rowe said no evidence would be
presented for the remaining charges and that McGregor would
be discharged on them at sentencing.
McGregor was arrested in July 2012 and given interim name
suppression, however Justice Ronald Young today ordered it
lifted via telephone conference.
McGregor was remanded on electronic bail until October 29,
when he is to present himself at the Wanganui police station
to be held in custody until sentencing on December 18.
- By Zac Yates of the Wanganui Chronicle