Arrest in Argentina over Kiwi Nick Heyward's killing

Last updated 10:16 12/06/2014
Nick Heyward

KILLED KIWI: Nick Heyward.

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Argentinian police have arrested two men for killing Kiwi backpacker Nicholas Heyward, 31, in April.

Marco Leiva Soda, 34 and his nephew Adrian Soda, 20, have been charged with shooting Heyward to death in the western Argentinian city Mendoza, Los Andes reported.

The older man was arrested following a raid on Tuesday at an address in the La Favorita neighbourhood, where the motorbike believed to have been used in the shooting was also recovered.

His nephew was arrested after he turned up at the police station over a separate matter. Both men have extensive criminal records involving aggravated robbery and attempted murder.

The investigation continues as a murder weapon wasn't found, Mendoza security minister Leonardo Comperatore was reported as saying.

A reward of NZ$5700 was still being offered for any information.

A motorcycle bandit shot and killed Heyward at about 7am on April 29 (NZ time) after an unsuccessful bag-snatch at a park near the Andean city's World Cup stadium.

Heyward travelled on a New Zealand passport but lived in Australia. He was buried last month in South Australia, where his father lives.

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- The Dominion Post

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