Murder-accused says 'God' knows truth
If anyone knows the truth of what happened the night Robert Wilkinson's was fatally stabbed in the head it is God, says the 19 year old accused of his murder.
Israel Kaihau of Waihi denies murdering the 64-year-old in the town, just before 1am on New Year's Day.
He told police that "God knows what happened", and "that the truth will eventually come out".
During the second day of his trial at the High Court at Hamilton, a recording of the police interview with Kaihau was played to the jury.
During the rambling, nearly two-hour interview, the young man would ramble different sets of answers to the same questions.
He initially told Detective Simon Everson that when he got down to the beach, there were only two police cars and two people there.
He said it looked boring so he turned around and walked home, and was in bed by 12.10am after hitchhiking home.
Kaihau denied being anywhere near the murder scene.
However, his story changed as more evidence was fed to him.
The first of this was a photo of a jersey he was wearing on the night that was dumped near the murder scene.
Kaihau initially said that it was his jersey, before backing off and saying it wasn't his as he'd lost it after playing touch earlier in the week.
Mr Everson said people staying at 24 The Terrace, on the Waihi Beach esplanade and Luise Wilkinson also identified Kaihau - with his distinctive ratstail and silver beads on the end - being at their properties.
Kaihau admitted being at The Terrace but denied killing Mr Wilkinson and denied being anywhere near the property.
He also denied telling his friends at a party that he'd been on a property when he was asked to leave and that he had stabbed him.
"Isn't it time to come clean?" Mr Everson asked Kaihau. "Come on, you're from a religious family."
"The truth will come out in the end," Kaihau replied. "God knows what happened . . . I've got nothing to come clean about," Kaihau said.
"The problem is that I believe there's enough evidence to charge you with the murder of Robert Murray Wilkinson," Mr Everson said.
After being told he was being arrested for Mr Wilkinson's murder, Kaihau replied that they were "just allegations, it's a jumper that looks like the one I have".
"I will go to court and I will get off because it wasn't me . . . everything I say is the truth, OK, I'm telling you now, it wasn't me."
When Mr Everson asked Kaihau why he'd chopped off his ratstail, Kaihau said it had "kutu's" or nits.
Earlier during questioning with Kaihau's counsel Paul Mabey QC, Kaihau's friend Damien Martin, said he caught up with his friend on New Year's Day and Kaihau told him, "F***, I think I stabbed someone last night. I don't know who it was, I think I stabbed him in the face."
Mr Martin said he saw the knife, a pocket knife with a blade about 10 centimetres long, at Kaihau's house.
He noticed that it had "some sticky stuff" on the tip, which was blood.
The trial, before Justice Robert Dobson, continues.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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