Murder-accused James Te Hiko used P night before killing

Jamie Te Hiko is on trial at the  High Court at Rotorua.
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Jamie Te Hiko is on trial at the High Court at Rotorua.

After brutally bashing his partner, James Te Hiko showered, packed his bag and waited.

James William Te Hiko, 44, is charged with murdering  Queenie Karaka, also known as Selena Thompson, at his home near Atiamuri in April last year. 

The Crown says she was beaten so badly in the sustained attack that she was unrecognisable.

Queenie Karaka, also known as Selena Thompson, was killed in her attacker's home near Atiamuri.
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Queenie Karaka, also known as Selena Thompson, was killed in her attacker's home near Atiamuri.

Police officer Karen Lesueur took the stand during the second day of the murder trial at the High Court in Rotorua on Tuesday.

She arrived at the scene, along with officer Natalie Laurenson, and asked Te Hiko what had happened, to which he responded, "I bashed  my missus."

"I advised him he was under arrest for assault and read him his bill of rights," Lesueur said.

She said Te Hiko had showered in preparation for his impending arrest and had even packed a bag to take with him. 

"He seemed resigned to what was going to happen," she said. 

Police constable David Waller also revealed that Te Hiko was a habitual methamphetamine user who confessed to drinking a box of beer, smoking cannabis and using P on the night before Thompson's death.

Waller, a police officer of 18 years, was called to Te Hiko's house on April 20, 2016, after Te Hiko called police.

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"Someone had rung up saying he had 'killed his  missus'," Waller said.

Waller met with emergency medical technicians before guiding them to Te Hiko's house. Waller also drove Te Hiko to the Tokoroa Police Station where he was placed in a holding cell. 

"I noticed he was crying, still able to hold a conversation, but crying," he said.

Defence attorney Harry Edward asked the officer if he had noticed if Te Hiko was inebriated at the time of arrest, to which Waller replied no.

A toxicology and breath test were not conducted at the time of the arrest. 

St John emergency medical technician Karen Hogg was also called to give evidence.

She told the court that when she entered the house, where Thompson lay on the bed, she saw blood everywhere. 

"There was blood up the walls, a big pile of towels in the corner covered in blood, and it was down the side of the bed and floor."

She saw two police officers conducting CPR on Thompson while she was still in the bed. 

"I told them to get her down on the ground because CPR is not effective on a bed. You need a hard surface."

Hogg then checked Thompson, but found no heartbeat.

James Te Hiko's sister Kim Korohe said she couldn't believe what had happened when she turned up at the house.

She drove to her mother's house but on the way passed by Te Hiko's and saw the police cars outside. 

"I asked Mum what had happened. Mum said James had beaten Nina [nickname for Thompson]. I asked if he had killed her and she said she didn't know. 

She said her brother later told her he had beaten Thompson after she told him she had been "mucking around on him".

"They were very jealous of each other."

Korohe said Te Hiko had an alcohol problem and had sought counselling for this problem some time ago.

She described the couple as "rocky" but when alcohol was not a factor they were a "normal happy couple".

On Monday Edward said his client accepted he had caused Thompson's death but was not acting recklessly and didn't know his actions would kill her.

"He's not trying to say he's done nothing wrong, he's saying, I did something horrible ... but I did not intend to kill her."

The trial continues.

 - Stuff

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