Man arrested after teen's death
Sun, 12 Aug 2012 9:21a.m.
A 25-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of a Paraparaumu teenager, police say.
The Kapiti man will appear in Porirua District Court tomorrow charged with assault, the officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Inspector Mike Johnson, says.
Izak Millanta, 17, died at 2.30am this morning in Wellington Hospital after being found unconscious in a Coastlands shopping mall carpark around 3am yesterday.
Det Insp Johnson says an autopsy is under way to establish the cause of death.
Police have spent much today speaking to witnesses about an altercation involving Izak outside the Retro Bar near where he was found.
"If there is anyone who is holding on to information in relation to this incident and has not spoken to police yet, I urge you to come forward and speak with us," Det Insp Johnson says.
The teenager had fled from two men in the dark on Friday night before being found unconscious in a shopping mall carpark, police say.
The 17-year-old had been drinking and was involved in an altercation outside the Retro Bar on the highway through Paraparaumu around 3am Friday night, Detective Inspector Mike Johnson said. He then ran through a nearby alleyway at Coastlands mall, chased by the men.
Police found him soon after around 150m away in the carpark behind a KFC restaurant with a head injury. Paramedics resuscitated him before rushing him to hospital in a critical condition.
He underwent emergency surgery and remained on life support last night. Fairfax NZ reported his mother was flying from Taiwan and that his family had been told he would not survive.
Police forensic investigators spent yesterday searching the alleyway and carpark area, marking spots of blood with chalk.
Det Insp Johnson said a number of people had been interviewed but no arrests had been made.
Izak's grandmother, Josephine Tukaki-Millanta, said he was on his way home from a friend's place when he was involved in the altercation.
"There are a lot of internal injuries there.
"He was a good kid with us, but you don't know what kids are doing behind your back."
Det Insp Johnson said police had been called to trouble outside the Retro Bar previously. "[It is] an area of interest to us. We've had some altercations and incidents there previously."
Retro Bar manager David Aitken said the men involved in the incident had been refused entry earlier in the evening because they had breached a liquor ban. He denied allegations the bar was behind problems in the area.
"Our customers don't cause any problems. It's people drinking in the carpark."
A security guard who did not want to be named but has worked in the general area at night said the bar was known as one of the few late-night hang-outs in Paraparaumu.
"People spill out when it closes at 3am a bit worse for wear and with nothing to do. You wouldn't want to be in the middle of it some nights."
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14/08/2012 12:06:56 a.m.
Willard Mubvumbi wrote:
The owners of the bar or who else controls it should be banned from running it. Why selling liquor to persons under 18 yrs?
13/08/2012 9:13:25 p.m.
The authorities should ban the bar from operating. Why selling liquor to persons below 18?
12/08/2012 4:17:06 p.m.
To the two so called "men", hand yourselves in. There is no justification for assault, let alone fatally assaulting someone.
Tot he owner of Retro, yes you bar is a cause of problems, like it or not you let the lowest element of our society drink in and around your establishment. When it was the Lime bar there were never the same issues, the dress code was higher and the type of clientele were better. Step up your standards!
12/08/2012 3:03:29 p.m.
How sad. Only 17, not even the legal drinking age. Two against one, thats noble.
12/08/2012 11:18:07 a.m.
RIP Izak Millanta. Thoughts and prayers with all of myour family. Much love XOX
12/08/2012 10:45:34 a.m.
As a former resident of Paraparaumu and employee at Mc Donalds, I can attest to the situation of a Friday / Saturday night when the Retro Bar closes up and all the frustrated customers come to Mc Donalads for a feed, cause issues themselves and then get aggressive with the Mc Donald's employees.
I always worried that one day something like this might happen... I hope the people who did this feel guilty over what they have done and do themselves a favor by turning themselves into the police..
12/08/2012 9:50:18 a.m.
My dad died in a similar way. With a serious head injury the brain swells up. This destroys all the connections between the neurons. At that point the person is irrecoverable. They continue living on life support. Some can breathe on their own if the brain stem isn't damaged. However the brain connections are destroyed and so the person can never be the person they once were. So that's how the doctors know that this person will not survive.
The bar manager says his customers aren't the problem, it's people drinking in the car park. However he's forgetting that it is his bar that is attracting these people in the first place.
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