A 13-year-old boy accused of murdering a West Auckland dairy
owner will stand trial in November, although his lawyer is
concerned he might not understand the seriousness of the
The boy, whose name is suppressed, appeared in the High Court
at Auckland today and entered no plea to a charge of
murdering father-of-two Arun Kumar.
He also entered no plea to a charge of assaulting Mr Kumar
with intent to rob him at his Railside Diary in Henderson
earlier this month.
Justice Graham Lang said the boy would stand trial in
The 13-year-old will stay in custody until his next
appearance in August. Before then a forensic report will be
undertaken to assess the boy's fitness to plead.
"I'm not satisfied that he will be able to understand the
seriousness of the charges and the court needs to be
satisfied of that," his lawyer Maria Pecotic said.
Justice Lang decided the boy's name suppression would
continue for fair trial reasons and because it could result
in extreme hardship for the boy. The judge said suppression
would likely continue until the trial.
Members of the boy's family arrived in court just as he
appeared and yelled support for him as he was taken into
custody: "Love you bro" and "be strong baby, I love you,"
A 12-year-old boy, charged alongside the 13-year-old on the
count of assault with intent to rob, is expected to appear in
the Auckland Youth Court this afternoon.
Mr Kumar, 57, was stabbed in the neck in front of his wife
about 7.30am on June 10.
- By Jimmy Ellingham of APNZ