Kapiti lights death a 'lesson' turned bad
Manawanui Stewart thought he was teaching a Kapiti teenager a lesson when he punched him twice and then stomped on him.
However, Izak Millanta, 17, did not survive the beating he received in the Coastlands carpark in Paraparaumu early on August 11.
He was found lying unresponsive by police and paramedics fought to revive him for nearly an hour before he was stable enough to transport to Wellington Hospital.
En route, they were forced to stop on the side of the road to give him further treatment.
At the hospital he underwent two emergency surgeries to try to stop severe internal bleeding.
They were unsuccessful and he died in the early hours of August 12.
Stewart, 25, of Titahi Bay, this morning admitted killing Izak, 17, when he pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter in the Porirua District Court this morning.
He also admitted assaulting Izak’s older brother Tane on the night of the incident.
The police summary of facts said prior to Izak’s death there was a fight at Kapiti Lights, which had created tension between the Millantas and Stewart's group.
On the night of the attack, Stewart was drinking with his friend in the carpark outside the Retro Bar.
After a "verbal exchange", Stewart hit Tane two to three times in the face, knocking him to the ground.
Later – after being kicked out of the Retro Bar – Stewart became involved in another fight in the carpark. It is alleged he punched another man in the face knocking him unconscious.
About the same time, Izak and his friend Jahze Wawatai arrived. Mr Wawatai was allegedly assaulted and Stewart told Izak to leave.
Stewart told police he took exception to Izak laughing and being cheeky towards him as he backed away down the alleyway, which led to the Coastlands carpark.
He and his friend chased Izak through the alleyway, who yelled for them to "leave him alone and that he was sorry for being smart to him".
Stewart caught up to him after about 280m pushed him to the ground.
He then pinned Izak to the ground and punched him twice in the face before his friend told him to let him go.
Stewart got off the Izak, took two steps backwards before stomping on the his abdomen causing him to moan in pain.
He kept his foot on Izak and applied pressure, digging his heel in and leaning forward to put a substantial proportion of his 100kg body weight on his abdomen.
"The defendant leaned in over the victim and told him that he deserved what he had got because of the way he had behaved towards the defendant," the summary read.
"Seeing the victim clutching his abdomen in pain and moaning, the defendant states he rolled the victim on to his side, effectively putting him in the recovery position.
"As the defendant walked away, he looked back to see the victim roll from his side over onto his back still clutching his abdomen and moaning."
Stewart and his friend then left, avoiding a police patrol that had arrived in the carpark.
A post mortem showed Izak died as a result of blunt impact trauma to his torso and head and had suffered liver laceration, hemoperitoneum (blood between the abdomenal membrane and abdominal wall) and a nasal fracture.
He also had bruising and grazes to the right and left side of his face and a large bruise on his upper left torso.
Stewart told police he did not need to chase Izak, but had decided he wanted to "teach him a lesson and in doing so, he wanted to hurt him, but had no idea that his actions would lead to the victim's death".
Stewart was remanded in custody to appear for sentencing in the High court at Wellington in February.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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