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Last updated 12:32 02/10/2012

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Emotions ran high when a young man was escorted from the premises after hurling abuse at murder-accused Tristim Lee Eastham when he appeared at Porirua District Court this morning.

Eastham, 24, a labourer from Waitangirua, made his second appearance charged with the murder of Sean Strongman-Lintern, 20, in Paraparaumu, north of Wellington, last month.

Sean Strongman-Lintern was found dead in the Kapiti Lights car park at about 12.40am on September 15.

About eight police officers wearing protective vests and security officers were in the courtroom when the young man hurled abuse at Eastham as he stood in the dock.

Judge Geoffrey Ellis said he understood the high feeling about the case and said the young man could remain if he showed some self-control.

The young man hurled more abuse at Eastham and was escorted from the courtroom.

As he was leaving he called out over his shoulder "mother....."

Eastham was remanded in custody to reappear on November 8.

Sean Strongman-Linterman's death follows the fatal beating of Izak Millanta, 17, on August 11 in the same car park.

He was found unconscious in a nearby car park and died several hours later in hospital. Manawanui Stewart, 25, of Titahi Bay, is in custody charged with his manslaughter.

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- The Dominion Post

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