Boys accused of killing shopkeeper appear in court

Two boys charged with killing a West Auckland shopkeeper will apply for bail in September.

The boys, whose names are suppressed, appeared in the High Court in Auckland today accompanied by a large family group in the public gallery. ​

The 13-year-old is charged with the June 10 murder of Arun Kumar and the 12-year-old is charged with his manslaughter.

The boys are in the custody of the chief executive of Child Youth and Family though Crown prosecutor Kieran Raftery said the boys were applying for bail on September 9. 

Kumar, 57, died after being stabbed in the neck at the Railside Dairy on Great North Road, Henderson.

Both boys have pleaded not guilty and will go to trial.

Defence lawyer Maria Pecotic told the court today that "expert reports" on the evidence were being prepared but she declined to tell the court what their subject was.​

She asked for a special call-over to canvas issues arising from the reports.

Pecotic also indicated that an application to postpone the trail, currently set for November 24,​ could be advanced.

Justice Timothy Brewer set a call-over for September 24 and remanded the boys in CYF custody.