Nephew admits double murder

Last updated 15:21 29/07/2013

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A Far North man shot dead two members of his family in their home after an argument about domestic chores.

The specific issue of the argument was the victims' accusation that the killer Edwin Maheno left coffee grinds in the sugar bowl, the Northern Age reported.

In the Kaitaia District Court today, Edwin Harvey Maheno, 39, pleaded guilty to murdering Ivan Maheno and his wife Carmen Maheno, his uncle and aunt, on May 19 at their Pamapuria home, south of Kaitaia.

Edwin Maheno and the victims were living at the property where he had grown up raised by his grandmother. When she died in 2009, the property was bequeathed to the victim Ivan Maheno, and he and his wife and their two sons moved in.

On 18 May, there was a social gathering at the home hosted by the victims. The defendant did not take part. The next morning, Maheno overheard the victims talking about him not doing chores around the home, according to the police summary of facts.

Ivan Maheno then approached him and the pair got into an argument. The argument heightened when Carmen Maheno also entered the lounge and verbally abused the killer, the summary said.

He challenged Ivan Maheno to a fight, but was declined.

Angry at the insults Maheno grabbed his .22 rifle, loaded the magazine, and walked into Ivan Maheno's bedroom where he pointed the gun at the victim. Maheno shot the victim in the face as he pleaded for life, the summary said.

The second victim and the killer fought while he attempted to load a second round. When she tried to flee the killer shot her in the back of the head. The victim still breathing, Maheno shot her a second time in the buttock.

Returning to the house, Maheno found his first victim still alive. He shot him again in the head.

Carmen Maheno died in hospital the next day.

Edwin Maheno was remanded in custody to appear in the High Court in Whangarei on August 15.

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