Punk rocker's body returns home

Last updated 14:22 25/01/2013
Steve Andrews
STEVE ANDREWS: The former Wellington punk died in London in December.

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The family of a Wellington punk rocker who was fatally beaten in London are relieved to finally have his body home in New Zealand.

Steve Andrews, 46, died from head injuries after a fight outside a London pub in December. A 28-year-old man from Exeter was arrested in connection with his death.

Close to $12,000 was raised to bring the punk rocker home for his funeral.

A concert featuring a who's-who of Wellington rockers was held on Sunday to help raise money to bring Mr Andrews' body back.

Helen Coffey, a spokeswoman for Mr Andrews' family, said this afternoon the family was overwhelmed by the contributions people had made, which allowed them to bring his body home.

''We wish to express our deep gratitude to all of Steve's friends and acquaintances who have offered us their support,'' Ms Coffey said in a statement.

''As a family we've have been reading the numerous stories you have shared.

''The stories have made us both laugh and cry. They have all shown how many lives he touched.

''It has been a huge relief to finally have him with us after navigating what, at times, has seemed like a lengthy legal process.''

The funeral for Mr Andrews will be at the Catholic Church of the Holy Cross in Miramar at 1.30pm on Monday.

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