Kāpiti-Mana police say routine patrol arrived minutes after killingBy the Editor, Alan Tristram Photos by Helen Tristram
The Officer in Charge of Kāpiti-Mana Police, Inspector John Price, says a routine patrol comprising two sergeants and five constables arrived on the scene just minutes after a fatal fight at the Kāpiti Lights complex.
And he says police have today been questioning a young man found at the scene of the killing just after midnight last night.
The killing took place near Montieth’s Junction Bar,which is close to the Kāpiti Police Station — and just a few hundred metres from the scene of another Friday night killing just five weeks ago.
Inspector Price told me the young men had apparently been drinking in the bar earlier in the evening.
Later, he says, a group of young men were outside; there was a fight involving two of them, and a 20-year-old man sustained fatal injuries. The routine police patrol arived at the scene just minutes after the fight and found the victim on the ground. Another young man was detained at the scene and taken to the Police Station.
Police would not say whether a weapon was used, but a report from another news source quotes bar staff as saying a knife was used. The dead man is a local, but one police source told us that there were young men present who were from outside the area.
Inspector Price said more than 30 police have been working on the inquiry. In response to several media questions, he stressed that there are police in the Kāpiti Station 24/7, although the front counter is only open to the public during office hours through the week; and from 9am -3pm on Saturdays. But he said there is a phone available in the foyer for the public to use.
The Inspector was accompanied by Kāpiti Mayor Jenny Rowan at a large media conference in drizzle outside the Police Station this afternoon. (the Station itself was out-of-bounds for a media gathering because of the large number of detectives and other police inside).
Both Inspector Price and Mayor Rowan spoke of intensive efforts since the first killing to improve security and safety in the area– and promised an intensification of these efforts. They indicated bar owners had been co-operating with these moves.
Inspector Price said there was no apparent link between those involved in last nights killing and the fatal attack five weeks ago.
He said police did have power to stop and search young men for knives if they had reasonable suspicion — and they wouldn’t hesitate to use these.
He said normally there would have been a sergeant and four constables on patrol, but last night there were two sergeants and five constables — and a police patrol unit from outside the District had also been available.
Replying to a question from Kapiti Independent News, Mayor Rowan said she didn’t think Kāpiti had become more dangerous that an area like Courtenay Place in Wellington.
And she said that, since the first killing, there had been a huge effort by Police, the KCDC,non-government agencies and Iwi authorities to try to get on top of problems caused by drink and drugs and young people involved with them.