Charges laid after gang member killed in crash

Former Tribesman Don Henry Turei Junior died in a motorcycle crash near Opotiki in November last year. Photo / Facebook
Former Tribesman Don Henry Turei Junior died in a motorcycle crash near Opotiki in November last year. Photo / Facebook

A man has been arrested and charged with being an accessory after the fact of murder, in relation to the death of Tribesmen member Don Henry Turei jnr.

Turei was killed in a crash on State Highway 35, opposite the Raukokere Marae, near Te Kaha, on November 26 last year.

In the days following the crash, police upgraded the investigation to a homicide inquiry.

Turei, a Tribesmen gang member, had just left a family wedding when a van pushed the back tyre of his Harley Davidson, causing him to crash.

The van, described as a "white Honda Odyssey-type", was found as a burnt-out wreck.

Tuesday afternoon, police arrested a 33-year-old Te Kaha man in Wairoa, Detective Inspector Lew Warner said.

The man is due to appear in Gisborne District Court today.

Police enquiries into the homicide are continuing and the investigation team is making good progress, as demonstrated by this arrest, Warner said.

- NZ Herald

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