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Second teen charged with murder

ROB KIDD
Last updated 05:00 08/11/2012
DEATH SCENE: A tent covers a man's body found on Hillside Rd in Mt Wellington.
SIMON DAY/Fairfax NZ

DEATH SCENE: A tent covered Tupe's body after it was found on Hillside Rd in Mt Wellington.

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A second teen has been charged with the murder of a South Auckland man.

A 15-year-old boy appeared in the Manukau Youth Court last week charged with murder and a 17-year-old - originally accused of assault - will have his charge upgraded in the Manukau District Court today.

Mangere man Tamati Tupe, 23, was discovered dead on Hillside Rd, Mt Wellington, on September 30 after police were called by a man from a nearby phone box.

The 17-year-old, who has interim name suppression until a High Court hearing later this month, was arrested soon after and remanded on bail.

However, he has been in custody for the last few weeks on unrelated matters.

After originally seeking three people in relation to the homicide, police recently revealed they were now looking for six.

Detective Inspector Dave Lynch confirmed the two teens had been spoken to early on in the investigation but there were older men police believe were involved or had knowledge of the incident.

From the outset, police have looked for a motive for the homicide but Lynch said there did not appear to be one.

"[There was] no established link between the victim and the persons of interest," he said.

An autopsy was completed shortly after Tupe was found, but police would not discuss the cause of death because it was not straightforward.

"It's a potentially complex issue at trial," Lynch said. "It's not like it was a bullet in the head or a knife through the heart."

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