Four more arrests over Lee Rata killing

Lee Rata was found badly beaten in Kaitaia on New Year's Eve. He died in hospital.
Lee Rata was found badly beaten in Kaitaia on New Year's Eve. He died in hospital.

More arrests have been made in relation to the killing of Lee Rata on New Year's Eve in Kaitaia.

Mr Rata, 35, was severely beaten on Bonnett Rd in Kaitaia on New Year's Eve while a wedding party was taking place at a nearby home. A passer-by found him and he died the following day in hospital.

Police had already charged a man with murder and yesterday arrested three men and a woman after raids on gang homes in Moerewa.

They will appear in the Kaikohe District Court today on a number of charges including murder, party to murder and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

"We have been receiving great assistance from the public, who have supplied information that has been crucial in achieving today's results. The investigation team has been working tirelessly to see these people are held to account," said Detective Inspector Kevin Burke.

"I believe that many reluctant witnesses who were in fear of reprisals from gang members will now have the confidence to come forward."

- NZ Herald

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