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14-year-old Killer Jailed For 6 Years

A 14-year-old boy, who stabbed an Auckland dairy owner originally from Fiji, will be the subject to a Child, Youth and Family review, after he was jailed for six years
01 Aug 2015 10:04
14-year-old Killer Jailed For 6 Years
Arun Kumar

A 14-year-old boy, who stabbed an Auckland dairy owner originally from Fiji, will be the subject to a Child, Youth and Family review, after he was jailed for six years yesterday.

Child, Youth and Family general manager operations Paula Attrill said the government agency would undertake a review into its involvement with both boys in the case.

“The boys have been tried in an adult court with one of them being found guilty and held to account for the tragic killing of [Arun] Kumar,” she said.

“While neither of the boys was ever in Child, Youth and Family care we need to understand if there was more that we and other agencies could have done.”

 

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The review will be carried out by the Office of the Chief Social Worker and is expected to take several months.

The 14-year-old boy, who had stabbed Mr Kumar and cannot be named, was sentenced at the High Court in Auckland to a minimum of three years and three months before being eligible for parole.

He will serve his time in a youth justice facility.

The West Auckland youth was found guilty of manslaughter over the death of Arun Kumar in June last year.

During his sentencing the judge took into consideration a brain injury the boy sustained when he was eight, which affected his ability to cope in certain situations.

The court was packed with family and friends of the accused.

At trial, he was found not guilty on a more serious charge of murder while his younger co-accused in the case, aged 13, was found not guilty of manslaughter.

There was never any dispute during the trial that both boys had entered the dairy carrying weapons and that the 14-year-old had caused Mr Kumar’s death by stabbing him in the neck, but defence lawyers argued the boys didn’t have the necessary intent to commit the crimes.

Mr Kumar’s family boycotted the sentencing, saying they had lost faith in the legal system after the verdict.

On Wednesday, a judge ruled that the 14-year-old could be named, but this was quickly appealed by defence lawyers resulting in continued interim name suppression for the boy.

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