The father of a 12-year-old charged with the aggravated
robbery of West Auckland dairy owner Arun Kumar is also
facing charges of aggravated robbery.
The son - whose name is suppressed because of his age - is
due to appear in Auckland District Court next week, with his
father appearing there less than three weeks later.
It is alleged the 12-year-old jointly committed aggravated
robbery with a 13-year-old accomplice, who has also been
charged with murder.
The charges stem from the death of Mr Kumar in his Henderson
dairy about 7.30am on Tuesday last week. He was found stabbed
in the neck.
The 12-year-old's father - who cannot be named as it would
reveal the identity of his son - is facing four charges of
aggravated robbery, committing burglary with a weapon,
threatening to kill or cause grievous bodily harm, and
Meanwhile, the Herald can also reveal that the mothers of
both boys have been taken to the Tenancy Tribunal by their
landlords, owing thousands.
The 13-year-old alleged killer's mother - who is also
currently before the courts - was one of three tenants of a
rental property who in 2011 were ordered to pay their
landlord more than $1200.
The 12-year-old's mother, as the sole tenant responsible for
a rental property, fled the house owing the landlords more
In 2008, the Tenancy Tribunal made an order for the woman, to
pay "immediately" for the extensive damage caused to the
property - none of which has been recovered.
"On the evidence presented, I am satisfied that the property
was damaged during the tenancy," the tribunal decision reads.
"In particular, all the light bulbs were missing from the
premises, the windows were broken in two bedrooms, the back
door and the sleepout.
"The oven door was broken and the knobs were missing for the
"The locks on the back door, front door and the garage door
were damaged and needed to be replaced. The sink plugs were
"The tenant [also] breached her obligation to leave the
premises reasonably clean and remove all rubbish."
The landlords are still chasing the money owed.
The Herald understands all four parents of the two accused
boys have either historical criminal records or are currently
before the courts. Approached this week, neither family
wanted to talk.
The grandmother of the 13-year-old said she shouldn't talk
about her grandson, but added her "condolences" for Mr
• 13-year-old: Charged with murder of West Auckland dairy
owner Arun Kumar and aggravated robbery.
• His mother: In the past 10 months has faced charges for
allegedly stealing a Ford Falcon, entering a house with the
intent to commit a crime, and breaching bail. In 2011, along
with two other named tenants, she was ordered to pay
$1,215.12 in rent arrears by the Tenancy Tribunal.
• 12-year-old: Charged with aggravated robbery.
• His father: Charged with aggravated robbery, committing
burglary with a weapon, threatening to kill or cause grievous
bodily harm, and unlawful assembly.
• His mother: Still owes landlords $4,211.18 from 2008 when
she fled her rental property, having caused damage to the
windows, doors, locks, bolts, oven, stove and sinks. The
Tenancy Tribunal found against her, but a bailiff was unable
to locate her to pay.