‘Concerns about alcohol-related harm for some time’ — Inspector PriceBy Alan Tristram
Police in Kāpiti have replied to critics who suggested they did not do enough to prevent events that led to the violent death of 17-year-old Izaak Millanta at the weekend (see stories downpage).
Inspector John Price, Kāpiti Mana Area Commander says: “Kāpiti Police have had concerns about alcohol-related harm during the hours of darkness in the Kāpiti Lights complex for some time.
“We have been working with the Kāpiti Coast District Council and other partner agencies, also committed to reducing the harm caused by alcohol, to address some of our ongoing concerns.”
Inspector Price also says the Kāpiti Lights complex is subject to a 24 hour Liquor Ban.
He says: “Where Kāpiti Police witness or detect breaches of the Liquor Ban, these are actively acted upon.”
‘Altercation’ before death
Turning to the events immediately before the death of Izaak Millanta, Inspector Price says: “In the early hours of Saturday 11 August, Retro Bar security staff flagged down a Police patrol vehicle to alert them to an altercation which had taken place.
“Had the security staff also flagged Police down for alleged Liquor Ban breaches, these would have been acted upon in the same manner.”
And he says the death of Izak Millanta is ‘a tragedy and one that is being felt deeply in the Kāpiti community.’
He concludes: “Given the investigation into his death is still ongoing, it is not prudent to make any further comment in relation to statements made by Retro Bar management.”