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Northland Murder: A 15-year-old boy charged with murder after a man died near Great Kaihow

Professional investigators will investigate an area where a 62-year-old man was found to have been seriously injured on Monday night. Photo / Peter de Graaf

A 15-year-old boy was charged with murder and appeared in court after a man who initially looked like a car accident was found dying.

A 62-year-old man, named by police the Great Kaihow man Michael John Biggins, died on Monday night at IMS Street, just south of the town, despite the efforts of paramedics.

The discovery that the crash was not everything triggered a police investigation and appeared in the Kaikohe Youth Court on Wednesday afternoon.

The boy, who cannot be named because of his age, was charged with murder using a stab wound / amputation weapon.

Last sunrise was held at the Haikouhe Youth Court. Photo / Peter de Graaf
Last sunrise was held at the Haikouhe Youth Court. Photo / Peter de Graaf

He appeared before Judge Greg Davis, who was detained at the Korowai Manaaki Juvenile Detention Facility in Willi, Auckland.

He will then appear in the High Court, probably on October 14th via Wangalei’s Audiovisual Link.

No plea was entered.

Attorney Catherine Kal expressed concern about the juvenile’s suitability for trial and called for a report to be prepared prior to his next appearance.

Earlier reports by health and education authorities highlighted issues related to understanding and auditory processing, she said.

The boy, who looked younger than 15 years old, was frightened and kept his eyes closed while he was in court.

His mother and two grandparents were in the public gallery, although Covid’s restrictions limited the number of people in court.

The family asked if he could be placed in a youth facility in Palmerston North near where most of his Farnau lived.

Given Covid’s alert level, it would be difficult for his family to visit him in Auckland.

They also asked if his sister, who was wearing crutches after a serious car accident, could say goodbye before being taken to Auckland.

She wasn’t in court due to restrictions on the number of people she could get inside.

A summary of police facts was suppressed, and youth aid officer Rob Cameron said it was still in the form of a draft. The investigation is ongoing and other young people may still be prosecuted.

Police blocked IMS Street, just south of Ocean Howe, during the investigation. Photo / Peter de Graaf
Police blocked IMS Street, just south of Ocean Howe, during the investigation. Photo / Peter de Graaf

Biggins were found in a car that crashed next to the paddock. It’s about 8:25 pm, not far from the house near the starting point of ImmsRd.

Northland police investigator Rhys Johnston said the young man was arrested late Tuesday afternoon.

The victim was a highly beloved member of his family and he was overwhelmed by his loss.
He said police and victim assistance were working to assist them.

Police will continue to investigate the Ocean Howe area next week, and talks with many will continue, according to Johnston.

He appealed to anyone who had information that would be useful in an investigation to contact police by quoting Operation Canoe or File No. 210928/6273.

You can also call 0800 555 111 to provide information anonymously.

It is understood that a 12 year old may also be involved.

This year is not the first time such a young person has been charged with murder in Northland.

The 14-year-old boy will be tried next month after the death of 22-year-old Bramwillems in a night quarrel near Opua in January.

The 14-year-old has denied the charges.

Willems was also from Omi Howe.

Similarly, teenagers admitted that they had fatally stabbed another teen in a battle that began with a can of alcohol kicked at a birthday party in Moelewa last year.

Krillan Cortez Koni Brown, 18, died on June 7, 2020, after being stabbed in the chest with enough force to break the handle of a knife.

A 19-year-old man whose name has been oppressed pleaded guilty to manslaughter when he appeared in the Wangalay High Court. He also admitted that he had assaulted Brown’s sister. He will be sentenced on November 3rd.

Northland Murder: A 15-year-old boy charged with murder after a man died near Great Kaihow

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