Man in court over Kapiti killing

SHANE COWLISHAW, KAY BLUNDELL AND PAUL EASTON
Last updated 11:02 17/09/2012
MARCUS WILD

Efforts to beef up police presence in a violent black spot where two young Kapiti men were killed have not gone far enough, residents say.

Sean Strongman-Lintern
STABBING VICTIM: Sean Strongman-Lintern was about to move to Australia and would not have been looking for trouble, friend Selah Parris said.

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There was a heavy police presence in Porirua District Court this morning when a man appeared charged with a Kapiti murder.

Sean Strongman-Lintern, 20, died on Friday night after an altercation in the Kapiti Lights Carpark and today it emerged he had also been involved in a previous violent incident near Kapiti Lights, during which teenager Izak Millanta died.

A 24-year-old labourer from Waitangirua has appeared in the Porirua District Court charged with Strongman-Lintern's murder.

Tristim Lee Eastham did not enter a plea and has been remanded in custody.

Before the hearing, friends of Strongman-Lintern had gathered at the Kapiti Lights carpark to pay tribute.

Friend Cameron Lee said Strongman-Lintern had jumped into a fight five weeks ago to try and save Millanta, who died in an altercation that night.

Strongman-Lintern was knocked unconscious during that fight, Lee said.

Manawanui Stewart, unemployed, of Titahi Bay, is currently in custody charged with the manslaughter of Millanta, who was found unconscious in a car park at Coastlands Mall, Paraparaumu last month and later died in hospital. 

Stewart is also charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on Strongman-Lintern from the same night. 

Many of the people at today's blessings were friends of both victims.

Childhood friend Matt Kerr said the question had to be asked how two murders could happen just over the fence from the Kapiti poilce station. "There would have been a build-up to both (fights)."

He said Strongman-Lintern was "NZ's next comedian. He was always a nice fella, I never saw him down."

Friend Damian Signal had been with Strongman-Lintern earlier on Friday evening, both had gone out to get drunk but Signal was arrested for drunkness earlier that evening.

He only found out about Strongman-Lintern's death when police told him in custody.

Inspector John Price confirmed the investigaiton would look at events int he weeks leading up to the murder, including violence.

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