Name released of man stabbed to death in Kawerau

By Sonya Bateson

A man accused of stabbing a Kawerau man to death has appeared in the Whakatane District Court charged with the murder of Kawerau man Gareth Lardelli Kaipara.


The accused man, who has been granted continued name suppression, has been remanded in custody for two weeks for a psychiatric report to be carried out.


The dead man's name had been suppressed but Judge Peter Rollo today released the name.

The accused, a 31-year-old unemployed man, was originally charged with assault but the charge was this week upgraded to murder.

He appeared in court today on crutches and took his shirt off during his short appearance, leaving him wearing only green shorts.


He was represented by Roger Gowing.

Mr Kaipara, 23, was killed last Thursday night at a Holyoake Cres house after allegedly being stabbed in the neck.

The accused and Mr Kaipara were known to each other.


Police were alerted to the incident after someone at the house made a 111 call requesting an ambulance. Ambulance staff then contacted police.


When police arrived, they found a 9-year-old child and three adults, including one woman and two men, at the scene.


The accused man will reappear in court on January 30.



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