Police are still searching for
the weapon a 19-year-old allegedly used to kill a 38-year-old
man who was at his Hamilton home yesterday.
Police had been speaking with the teenager's family and
searched a number of Auckland properties overnight before the
accused handed himself into Counties Manukau Police this
The man is charged with murdering Hamilton man Sedrick Tilley
Tiatia on Tuesday afternoon. Mr Tiatia had previously been in
a relationship with a woman who lived at the Winstone Ave
address where he was fatally attacked.
A mother and a number of other children lived at the Winstone
St house with the accused.
Police investigators are still carrying out a scene
examination at the Chartwell property and the body was
expected to be taken to Auckland for a post mortem
investigation later today.
A team of 25 investigators are working on the case. Efforts
include searching a car and properties in Auckland for the
murder weapon and forensic evidence to build a clearer
Detective senior sergeant Ross Patterson said he knew Mr
Tiatia had one injury but expected the post mortem to reveal
how he died and if he any other injuries.
Police asked any members of the public who had seen or heard
anything suspicious around Winstone St between 1pm and 2pm
yesterday to contact them. No-one else is wanted in relation
to the death.
The accused is due to appear in Hamilton District Court
- By Nikki Preston of
the New Zealand Herald