King told me not to talk to police, brother tells Kahui inquest

A picture of the Kahui twins - Chris and Cru. Photo / Supplied
A picture of the Kahui twins - Chris and Cru. Photo / Supplied

The mother of three-month-old twins Chris and Cru Kahui did not want her brother to speak to police after their deaths, he told an inquest today.

Stuart King, brother of the twins' mother, Macsyna King, was giving evidence in Auckland District Court at the coronial inquest into the 2006 deaths of the twins, who died in hospital from severe head injuries.

Chris Wilkinson-Smith, lawyer for Chris Kahui, the twins' father, asked Mr King if Ms King asked him not to speak to the police.

Mr King agreed and said he spent a lot of time with his sister following the twins' deaths.

Marie Dyhrberg, representing Ms King, asked Mr King about how his sister felt when Mr Kahui did not go to the hospital where the twins were in a critical condition.

"You said in your police statement that the hurt and anger you saw on Macsyna's face when Chris didn't come to the hospital was like someone had taken her heart out and stomped on it," Ms Dyhrberg asked Mr King.

He agreed that was what he told police.

Yesterday, Mr King said the boys' father Chris Kahui denied ever hurting them but wanted to hand himself into police following their deaths.

He told Mr Kahui to hand himself in only if "he'd done it", and it would not help matters if he had not done it.

Mr Kahui was found not guilty of their murders in a High Court trial in 2008, at which his lawyers said Ms King killed them.

Ms King has denied she caused the injuries which led to the babies' deaths.

- NZPA


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