NZ stabbing murder accused refused bail

AN 18-year-old charged with the New Year murder of a Queenslander holidaying at Waihi Beach in New Zealand has been denied bail.

The teenager appeared in the Tauranga District Court today before Judge Robert Wolff who heard submissions from lawyer Paul Mabey, QC.

Mr Wolff ordered the suppression of everything that was said throughout the half-hour application, except his decision to decline bail.

The accused, who has name suppression, waved to a group of six young people and five adults who were in the public gallery when he was led into the dock.

The police were represented by Crown prosector Hayley Sheridan.

Robert Murray Wilkinson, 64, was stabbed in the neck and head at a relative's Waihi Beach Rd property after he went to investigate a disturbance outside the caravan where he and his wife were staying around 1am on January 1.

Mr Wilkinson, who had been holidaying from Queensland, died at Waikato Hospital on January 3 surrounded by his family.


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