A 12-year-old boy is facing a new charge over the killing
of a west Auckland dairy owner, and his case will now move to
the High Court.
The boy, whose name is suppressed, appeared in the Auckland
Youth Court today where police laid a charge of the
manslaughter of father-of-two Arun Kumar.
The boy entered no plea to that and an existing charge of
assaulting Mr Kumar with intent to rob him at his Railside
Diary in Henderson earlier this month.
The 12-year-old, whose family watched on from the public
gallery, will next appear in the High Court at Auckland next
month, and will remain in custody until then.
He is charged alongside a 13-year-old boy, whose name is also
suppressed. He appeared in the High Court this morning and
entered no pleas to one charge each of murdering Mr Kumar and
assaulting him wit intent to rob.
Justice Graham Lang said the 13-year-old would stand trial in
November, and the Youth Court was told today it was intended
the 12-year-old would also face trial then.
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 told the High
Justice Lang decided the 13-year-old'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 13-year-old'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,"
Mr Kumar, 57, was stabbed in the neck in front of his wife
about 7.30am on June 10.