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Matakana Island death update

Matakana Island death update

Posted January 14, 2019
Emergency Services , Media Release , Court News

Media Release: NZ Police - Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Rawlinson

Two men are in court this week charged with assault in relation to the ongoing investigation of the death of a 22-year-old man in the Bay of Plenty.

Freedom Taikato died on Matakana Island on New Year’s Day.

A 23-year-old and a 59-year-old man have been arrested and are reappearing in Tauranga District Court on Thursday (January 17), separately charged with common assault.

The investigation into Mr Taikato’s death is continuing, based in Tauranga and periodically on Matakana Island.

Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Rawlinson said police cannot comment further at this stage given the matter is before the courts.