With his dying breath a Taupo teenager revealed his killer, and it's not the man on trial, a jury has heard.
Wiremu Birch, 19, died after he was stabbed three times at the corner of Hinekura Ave and Rifle Range Rd, Taupo, in the early hours of October 11 last year.
Two brothers are on trial in the High Court at Rotorua in connection with the death.
Hendrix John Kahia, 30, has denied murdering Mr Birch. Raymond Porky Kahia, 27, known as Porky, has pleaded not guilty to being an accessory to murder after the fact but guilty to assault with intent to injure.
Two other men were initially charged in connection with the death. However, the attorney-general granted Kansas Chiefy Angus Tareha, 23, immunity from prosecution in return for testifying for the Crown.
Lee Ranginui Tawaka, 32, has pleaded guilty to intentionally causing grievous bodily harm and will be sentenced in February.
Today the Crown concluded its evidence.
Defence lawyers Russell Fairbrother QC, acting on behalf of Hendrix Kahia, called no evidence, neither did Martin Hine, who is acting for Porky Kahia.
"The dying breath of the deceased is, to accept what [his girlfriend] said, the person who stabbed him was Kansas and Porky," said Mr Fairbrother in his closing statement. "No ifs, no buts, no maybes.
"You would think that your dying declaration as you're about to leave this world, false image goes and you utter that which is really important."
He said there was no scientific evidence that connected his client to Mr Birch, nor reliable witness statements.
Porky Kahia is accused of covering up evidence by cleaning the car occupied by the four men, throwing away bloodied clothes and being evasive to police.
Mr Hine said his client did not see the incident happen.
"Did he know Hendrix Kahia had murdered Mr Birch? [Porky] Kahia doesn't know who the assailant was. The Crown's case falls at the first hurdle."
Rotorua Crown prosecutor Chris Macklin said two witnesses had revealed what happened.
"Hendrix ducked into a fight that wasn't his and stabbed multiple times the young Mongrel Mob associate. The Crown case is pretty old school. The people who were there say it was Hendrix. One stabber, three stab wounds. [Porky] did things to try to get his brother out of trouble."
Justice Mark Woolford will sum up tomorrow morning before the jury retires to consider its verdict.