Father 'forgives' those behind son's death

02:31, Mar 19 2014
Perkins Waterhouse and Pula
FORGIVENESS: Alfred's father Perkins Waterhouse holds Alfred's daughter Pula Waterhouse, aged 2.

A grieving Christchurch father has asked for forgiveness for his son's alleged killer. 

Hundreds of people gathered at the Samoan Congregational Church in Woolston today to farewell 20-year-old husband and father-of-two Alfred Utupo Waterhouse.

Many wore badges or T-shirts displaying photographs of Waterhouse - nicknamed Po - along with the message ''rest in peace''. 

Utupo Alfred Waterhouse
HARD-WORKER: Utupo Alfred Waterhouse with daughters Pula, left, and Leone right.

Waterhouse died in Christchurch Hospital on March 9 - a week after he was injured outside a party on New Brighton's Beresford St. 

His father, Rev Perkins Waterhouse, told friends and family of the difficult decision he had to make to turn off his son's life support, but said he would pray ''for god to forgive'' the person allegedly responsible for his son's injuries.

He had packed a lot into his 20 years, including getting married at the age of 17. 


Utupo Alfred Waterhouse
UNITED IN THEIR LOSS: Alfred Waterhouse's widow Lepona with daughters Leone, 3, Pula, 2, and Alfred's step-mother Rosa.

Lepona Sitagata Waterhouse said she was eight months pregnant with daughter Leone when the wedding took place.

''He was so happy. He wanted it to be a girl so bad. He only had one sister.''

The couple later had a second daughter, Pula.

Alfred Utupo Waterhouse's funeral
GRIEVING: Alfred Waterhouse's wife, Lepona, speaks at his funeral as Alfred's father, Perkins (right), holds two-year-old Pula.

Alfred spent the night before the assault with his family, eating pizza and watching the Crusaders play the Blues in Super Rugby. 

Lepona said their children were asleep when he got home about 10pm, but he woke them up because he always wanted to spend time with them. 

Robert Waterhouse said his brother gave ''so much to his church, to his friends and especially to his family''.

''The measure of life is not by its duration. The measure of life is by its donation,'' he said.

''He was always such a loving and caring brother. He had a big heart. He would do anything to make someone happy. You could never ask for a better brother.''

Alfred's father and brothers cut their hair short before today's funeral, as that was the way he had liked to wear his hair. 

''His two best friends . . . always used to mock him and call him bald. We're all baldies now, even dad's bald,'' Robert Waterhouse said.

Two people have been charged in relation to Alfred Waterhouse's death, and they will appear in Christchurch District Court later this month.

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