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Boy charged with shopkeeper's murder

Last updated 20:30 10/06/2014
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The scene of the fatal stabbing in Henderson, Auckland.

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A 13-year-old has been charged this evening with the murder of a West Auckland shopkeeper earlier today.

He was also charged with aggravated robbery, as was a 12-year-old boy, police said.

Both boys are staying in a secure Child Youth and Family facility overnight and will be appearing in the Waitakere Youth Court tomorrow.

Police were called to Railside Dairy on Great North Road, Henderson, at 7.30am after reports of an aggravated robbery.

The owner, 57-year-old Arun Kumar, was stabbed in the neck in front of his wife and died at the scene despite the efforts of ambulance staff.

Police immediately launched a hunt for those responsible.

This afternoon at a media conference at Henderson police station, less than a kilometre from the crime scene, Detective Inspector Bruce Scott said because of the age of the children, they had to be spoken to in the presence of caregivers.

He did not rule out the possibility others were involved and confirmed those being spoken to were "known to police".

No weapon had been found but Scott said police knew what they were looking for.

Police spent much of this morning looking on the roofs of nearby shops and in storm drains without success.

Scott said no disguises were used by the offenders and nothing was taken from the shop.

The body of the victim had been moved from the shop by the end of the day, and an autopsy will take place tomorrow.

Scott said police were reviewing CCTV from inside the shop as well as from the surrounding area.

He would not give details on what led police to the boys, saying only it had come about through "good police work".

Scott said it was unclear what the motive was behind the attack.

Kumar's wife was being helped by victim support.

'IT'S AWFUL'

Local resident Damian Llewellyn was walking to work when he saw someone running in an easterly direction through the town centre from the direction of the dairy.

"It wasn't I'm-going-to-miss-the-bus running, he was sprinting full pelt," he said.

He described the male as "very young" and wearing a hat but said he thought nothing of it until family members contacted him after seeing news reports about the stabbing.

Llewellyn shopped in Railside Dairy every couple of days and described the couple who owned it as "lovely people" who were always polite and friendly with their customers.

"It's awful," he said.

Great North Bakehouse owner Sok Pa Kang called the police after the dairy owner's wife came into his shop.

"I was at the back and she came in yelling at my wife to call the police because there had been a robbery," he said.

"At first we didn't know if it was a gun, or what."

The previous owner of Railside Dairy, Naina Narsey, witnessed a similar incident in the area nearly nine years ago.

On November 28, 2005, Martin Lyall went into Norcross Fishing World armed with a knife and attacked the two staff, one of whom was owner Robert Norcross.

While fleeing, Lyall stabbed 65-year-old Kevan Newman who was walking down Railside Ave at the time. Newman died on the way to hospital.

Lyall was eventually shot by police and Narsey came out of the dairy to see "blood and everything" as the officers provided first aid.

Lyall was later ruled unfit to plead to subsequent charges and was remanded to a psychiatric institution.

Narsey sold the dairy in 2009, after nine years there, to take on an apparel business.

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