Friend shown bloody knife by accused
A teenager on trial for murder told a friend "F..., I think I stabbed someone last night" before showing him a bloody knife, a Hamilton court has heard.
Israel Kaihau, 19, is accused of fatally stabbing Kiwi expat Robert Murray Wilkinson in the head on New Year's Day in Waihi Beach this year. He has denied the charge.
Kaihau is alleged to have plunged a knife into Wilkinson's skull and through his brain after being asked to leave the property where Wilkinson and his wife, Luise, were staying.
In the High Court in Hamilton today, Kaihau's friend, Damien Martin, 18, said he bumped into Kaihau only once on New Year's Eve.
During questioning by Kaihau's lawyer, Paul Mabey, QC, Martin said he caught up with Kaihau the next day. That's when Kaihau said, "F..., I think I stabbed someone last night".
Kaihu went on to say "I don't know who it was, I think I stabbed him in the face", Martin said.
He saw the knife, a pocketknife with a blade about 10 centimetres long, at Kaihau's house, Martin said.
He noticed that it had "some sticky stuff" on the tip, which was blood.
Martin then told Kaihau that Wilkinson's death was "all over the news".
Kaihau replied that he knew, Martin said.
Martin told Crown prosecutor Ross Douch he and Kaihau talked about Wilkinson's killing but he "can't really remember" what was said.
TEARS AS WIDOW TESTIFIES
Luise Wilkinson fought back the tears as she recalled when her husband of 23 years was fatally stabbed through the head at Waihi Beach.
Her eyes welled up when she was asked by Douch to recall the killing.
Mabey wanted the jury of six men and six women to return a verdict of guilty of manslaughter as there was no dispute that Kaihau killed Wilkinson about 1am on January 1 this year.
Mabey said it was down to whether his client had "murderous intent".
The Wilkinsons regularly spent the Christmas or New Year holidays at Waihi Beach because their daughter-in-law's parents had a bach there.
Luise Wilkinson, questioned by Douch, said she was in her caravan when she sensed someone outside.
"There was someone crouched down between the embankment and the caravan . . . He was facing the caravan, and he turned his head and looked at me." It was Kaihau.
She asked him what he was doing and he said he was hiding from the police, before he emerged from the bushes. He was hiding because he had been to a party at Citrus Ave and was in breach of bail conditions which required him to be at home after 8pm.
"He was pleasant, not a threat."
Luise Wilkinson asked him to leave.
"I was polite. I said: You can't stay here sweetheart because we're just staying here with friends and I wouldn't want our friends to get in trouble if you're found here. He smiled and nodded . . . I expected that he would politely go away."
She walked back to her caravan and about a minute later heard her husband's "slightly authoritative" voice, saying: "If you keep hanging around here we're going to have to report you".
She heard a "terrible crash" about 15 to 20 seconds later and ran outside.
"He was sliding down the garage door, with his back to the door."
Asked by Mabey how much she had drunk, Luise Wilkinson said she was not sober but never drank too much as it gave her a headache. She said she and her husband had a standing joke of a "drink-drive relationship" - she would drink and he would drive.
The couple's son, Daniel, told the court how he ran outside to his father lying in a pool of blood, with a woman holding him up and another man holding a bandage round his head.
Kiwi Warrick Osborne, 35, said that before the killing Kaihau had jumped a fence into a property where he was hosting a party. Kaihau appeared "quite cocky, and full of himself and arrogant, especially calling himself The King", Osborne said.
"I thought it was highly unusual that someone would call themselves The King. I said: I'm The Emperor, and here are my associates Kiri The Lord and Simon the Prince."
After killing Wilkinson, Kaihau gloated he had just "shanked" - stabbed - a man, before hitchhiking home, the court heard.
The trial, before Justice Robert Dobson, continues.
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