Murder charge follows surrender to police

LIBBY WILSON
Last updated 09:30 06/02/2014
Waikato Times

A 19-year-old man who handed himself into Manukau police on Wednesday morning has been charged with the murder of Sedrick Tilley Tiatia, 38.

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Police have charged a teenager with murder in relation to the suspicious death of an "extended family member" in Chartwell on Tuesday.

Hamilton man Sedrick Tilley Tiatia, 38, was treated for significant injuries at a Winstone Ave address about 2pm on Tuesday but died at the scene.

Police searched several Auckland properties overnight and contacted the family of a 19-year-old man who handed himself in to Counties Manukau police about 7am yesterday.

He has been charged with murder and will appear in court in Hamilton today.

The arrested 19-year-old was an "extended family member" of the victim and lived at the Winstone Ave house, said Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Patterson of the Hamilton CIB.

Mr Tiatia did not live there but had been in a relationship with a woman at the address in the past. Mr Patterson could not confirm if the pair were in a relationship at the time of Mr Tiatia's death. Victim Support and Child Youth and Family had been brought in to support others living at the house, understood to be a woman and at least five children.

A weapon was involved in Mr Tiatia's death but Mr Patterson would not elaborate on what kind, or the injuries the victim suffered. "There was a weapon involved, and that is a focus of ours, to locate that.

"It's the reason we're conducting a scene examination and searches of vehicles."

Five scene examinations, and searches of properties and a vehicle, were under way to locate forensic evidence, and about 25 officers were working on the case, he said.

Police hoped to be able to remove Mr Tiatia's body from the Winstone Ave property late yesterday for a post-mortem examination in Auckland.

"We know he has one injury but it's too early to say if there's more than one injury. The post-mortem will clarify that for us," Mr Patterson said.

Police are not currently looking for anyone else in relation to Mr Tiatia's death but are seeking further information from the public.

"Anything that was seen or heard at Winstone Ave yesterday [Tuesday] between 1pm and 2pm, and movements of the person involved," Mr Patterson said. "We have already spoken to a number of people from the public, and we really appreciate the help that we've received so far."

Anyone with further information is asked to ring the Hamilton central police station on 07 858 6200.

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- Waikato Times

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