Raymond Piper Murder
13 July 2010
By Graeme Trask
Two of the people charged in connection with the murder of Raymond “Son” Piper, a Kapiti man, have appeared again at the Porirua District court this morning and have been granted bail with strict conditions attached.
The co-accused, Susan Bragger, 44, of Paraparaumu and Sean Hawke, 50, of Tauranga are facing charges of intent to cause grievous bodily harm and causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Piper between May 15 and June 8.
Both Bragger and Hawke were granted bail and will reappear in court on 30 August.
The public seating area in the courtroom was filled to capacity with many supporters,friends and family members present to hear the decision.
When Judge Peter Butler granted bail to the two accused there was an angry response from the public gallery with some supporters of Mr Piper calling obscenities, “Give Raymond back to us” “F_k you” “we will F_king get you.”
One supporter took exception to her mobile phone being taken off her and lashed out saying, “give me my f_king phone back.” She was eventually escorted out of the building.
Angry Response Outside Court
One supporter and friend of Piper, Aarran Downey said, “These guys shouldn’t be given bail in view of what they have done.”
And he said, “We have no body, we can’t bury Raymond, we are all grieving, just give us his body so we can all grieve.”
Another person, currently being held in custody, Ainsley Brent Anderson, 51, has also been charged with being party to Raymond Piper’s murder. He will reappear in the Porirua District court on Friday 16.
Head of the inquiry, Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Oxnam says, “This inquiry is far from over. Our focus remains on locating Raymond’s body so we can return it to his family.”
Anyone with information should phone Kapiti Police immediately on either 0800 FIND RAY or on the Crimestoppers free phone number 0800 555 111.
People can also email Findray@police.govt.nz or text 027 241 1394.