Murder-accused teen in court
A 13-year-old boy accused of murdering a West Auckland shopkeeper will be assessed for his fitness to plead.
A trial date has been set for November The boy, whose name is suppressed, is accused of fatally stabbing Arun Kumar, 57, in his Henderson dairy earlier this month.
He appeared in the High Court in Auckland today charged with murder.
A 12-year-old boy accused of assault with intent to rob was due to appear in the Waitakere Youth Court later today.
In the High Court, the 13-year-old boy's lawyer Maria Pecotic asked Justice Graeme Lang to be allowed not to enter a plea yet to allow time for assessments of the boy to be made.
"I'm not satisfied he will be able to understand the seriousness of the charges," Pecotic said.
Justice Lang said he wanted to set a trial date to ensure it was this year, given the accused's age, and set a three-week trial to start on November 24.
The boy, with his hair neatly parted, stood quietly in the dock throughout the hearing.
His family arrived after his matter had been called and were heard saying "love you bro, stay strong", as he was led to the cells.
Pecotic applied for name suppression for the boy which was granted.
Police allege the 13-year-old boy stabbed Kumar in the neck on June 10 while he was working with his wife at the Railside Dairy in Henderson.
She immediately raised the alarm, but Kumar died shortly after emergency services arrived.
The boy was remanded to a further call-over on August 6.