Ceilla Govind says she used to go to Arun Kumar's Railside
Dairy. Photo: NZ Herald/Mark Mitchell
It's 21 years since her father was beaten to death - and
Ceilla Govind can't believe shopkeepers are still being killed
while they work.
In 1993, three 16- and 17-year-olds bashed Navin Govind to
death with softball bats. They also beat his 11-year-old son
Sanjay, who was in the store at the time.
When Ms Govind, now 39, heard about the stabbing of Arun
Kumar in Henderson on Tuesday, her thoughts raced back to the
night she came home from university and found her father had
"That was when my life changed forever," she said. "It pisses
me off. Shouldn't we learn something from each murder?
"It's going around in circles. It just feels like Dad was
killed ... and all these other people have been killed, and
what has actually changed? Nothing. Nothing has changed."
The two killings were "kind of the same situation", she said.
Until she moved to Reporoa recently, Ms Govind had lived in
her old family home in West Auckland and worked at the
Waitakere council building in Henderson near where Mr Kumar
was killed in his Railside Dairy.
"It was like, oh my god, I knew this guy. It was obviously
somewhere I used to frequent.
"This dude, who worked really hard, he didn't expect someone
to come in and kill him. It's really scary.
"It's crazy. The dudes that killed my dad were 16, 17 years
old. It's like, what goes through your head to make this
situation acceptable to you?
"It's really difficult for me to reconcile these young people
with the crimes they commit. It's really sad. It's desperate
people. I don't think they know what the consequences were
going to be for their actions."
Running a dairy had become a dangerous occupation, "but it
shouldn't be. When those kids murdered my father, they stole,
like, $110 and some cigarettes.
"Is that all my dad's life was worth? How can you rationalise
Love you, says boy on murder charge
A 13-year-old boy accused of murdering a West Auckland dairy
owner by stabbing him in the neck inside the shop appeared in
The boy, who cannot be named because of his age, appeared in
the Waitakere Youth Court and entered no plea to a charge of
murdering father-of-two Arun Kumar.
Judge Lisa Tremewan said the boy would appear again in the
High Court at Auckland this month. He will remain in custody
He did not enter a plea on the other charge he faces - of
robbing Mr Kumar with intent to assault him.
A 12-year-old boy also appeared yesterday and entered no plea
to the joint charge of robbery with intent to assault.
Arun Kumar Arun Kumar
The 12-year-old will appear again in the Waitakere Youth
Court next week. He will also remain in custody.
The boys' lawyers each applied for bail, which the Crown
Youth Court sittings are closed to the public but a large
contingent of the boys' families was allowed in to watch as
the two accused, both wearing dark shirts, stood side by side
in the dock.
As he was led into custody, the 13-year-old mouthed "love
you" to his family members. Some of them yelled the same back
at him from the public gallery, as well as comments like, "Be
Mr Kumar, 57, was stabbed in the neck in front of his wife
during what is believed to have been an attempted robbery of
the Railside Dairy in Henderson about 7.30am on Tuesday.
Police have said Mr Kumar's wife was unhurt but was
traumatised, and was being helped by Victim Support and a
police ethnic liaison officer.
Family members and friends have paid tribute to Mr Kumar,
saying he was a hardworking man, a great husband and father.
- additional reporting APNZ