Case of dead Kiwi in UK 'complex'

MATT BOWEN
Last updated 12:03 13/06/2014
Karl Robert Jones
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KIWI MAN: Karl Robert Jones, 34, who grew up in Te Awamutu, died in London on Queen's Birthday Weekend.

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Family of a Te Awamutu man killed in London understand the case has become increasingly complex.

A car struck Karl Jones after an altercation on Fulham Palace Rd on Queen's Birthday Weekend and the 34-year-old was later pronounced dead at the scene.

His family were due to meet London Metropolitan Police overnight to get updated on what she understands is a "complex" case.

London police were reportedly appealing for witnesses who may have seen Jones on the night he died.

A 38-year-old man was arrested in connection with the hit-and-run, but has since been released on bail and has not been charged, TV3 reported this week, because police say it is not clear whether Jones died as a result of the altercation or the collision.

Jones' sister, Karyn, expressed that fear when she paid tribute to her brother days after his death.

The post-mortem suggested the cause of death was a chest injury.

Jones parents, Berry and Kenneth, lived in Te Awamutu for 35 years. They now reside in Warkworth.

His sole sibling, Karyn, is in West Auckland.

Karyn Jones said she heard a version of what happened from one of her brother's Kiwi friends who was there when Jones died.

She heard how her brother was in town when "banter" broke out between two groups of men, but she stressed that the exact circumstances remained unknown.

Jones' "best friend" allegedly had a bottle smashed against his head, she said.

"That's when they decided to gap it.

"They were taking him to hospital down the road to get stitched up."

She said her brother was behind his mate when someone from the other group came from behind and allegedly struck Jones on the head with a bottle. At that point he started falling into the road, she said.

What happened next was unclear.

She was told her brother was pulled to safety before toppling again onto the road where a car struck him.

She said it wasn't clear whether he fell or was pushed.

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