Auckland stabbing: Boys appear in court

ROB KIDD
Last updated 17:04 11/06/2014
Arun Kumar
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KILLED: Arun Kumar was stabbed in front of his wife.

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Two boys accused of an armed robbery that left a West Auckland shopkeeper dead have been denied bail.

After apprehending the boys yesterday, police said last night that a 13-year-old boy would be charged with the murder of Arun Kumar, 57, and assault with intent to rob his Henderson dairy.

A 12-year-old boy was accused of assault with intent to rob.

The pair appeared in the Waitakere Youth Court this afternoon, little more than 100 metres from the dairy.

Both appeared in the dock wearing grey shirts.
The 13-year-old, from Ellerslie, kept his head down throughout most of the hearing, but the 12-year-old Henderson resident standing next to him stared at his family through the perspex, which he was too small to look over.

Judge Lisa Tremewan declined bail and remanded the boys to a youth justice facility.

Relatives shouted "I love you" as the 13-year-old was led away.

The murder accused will appear in the High Court in Auckland at the end of the month, while the younger boy will be back in the Waitakere Youth Court next week.

There were dozens of family members and supporters of the defendants in court, as well as a handful of Kumar's family.

"I'm very pleased you're so well supported," Judge Tremewan told the boys.

Because the pair were before the Youth Court, their names and the names of their schools were automatically suppressed.

The Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act dictates the welfare and interests of the young person must be the first and paramount consideration when judges considered how much from a hearing can be published.

It is alleged the 13-year-old boy stabbed Kumar in the neck yesterday at 7.30am, while he was working with his wife at the Railside Dairy.

She immediately raised the alarm, but he died shortly after emergency services arrived.

Police launched a homicide investigation and spent much of yesterday reviewing closed-circuit television footage from the store and the surrounding area.

While Environmental Science and Research staff took evidence from inside the store, other officers were seen combing the streets of the suburb looking for a weapon.

Police said today that none had been found and urged witnesses to come forward.

An autopsy on the victim would be completed today, police said. 

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