Kapiti Coast victim's sister speaks out
Thu, 04 Oct 2012 6:25p.m.
By Rachel Tiffen
The Kapiti Coast, north of Wellington, has traditionally been a haven for retirees - but recently it's made headlines for alcohol-fuelled violence.
Two young men have lost their lives, and now the sister of one of them is speaking out because she wants the violence to stop.
Aria Strongman-Lintern's 20-year-old brother Sean was killed in a Kapiti carpark early on Saturday morning two weeks ago. She says he didn't go looking for trouble.
“He was really excited,” she says. “It was his last night that his best friend Blake was over from Australia, and he had a 21st the next day.”
Mr Strongman-Lintern was studying Maori with his sister at Victoria University and wanted to take up law, but he kept it a secret because leaving town isn't regarded by his friends as cool.
“People call Paraparaumu a hole. It's obviously beautiful but they feel like they're trapped here, but there are a lot of people in his circles who don't really aspire to a lot,” says Ms Strongman-Lintern.
She says groups come in from out of town to clash with locals.
“I think the problem is with the bars opening, that's attracting them.”
Police have increased patrols around the Kapiti Lights complex since Mr Strongman-Lintern's death, which came five weeks after 17-year-old Izac Millanta was fatally beaten in the same car park. The two young men were rugby league mates, and their siblings are also friends.
Since their deaths the violence seemed to have quietened down, but on Saturday police were called to a Paraparaumu street to find dozens of teenagers fighting and causing trouble. Residents say that kind of activity is a weekly event.
Two people were arrested on Saturday for disorderly behaviour, and one for carrying a knife. But it didn't stop there – police shut down two more out-of-control teenage parties over the weekend.
Police have joined forces with youth agencies and the council to tackle the problem. Kapiti Coast district councillor Tony Lester is one of those looking for answers.
He asks: “Is it additional job opportunities, is it additional mentoring, is it additional one-to-one for some of the families or some of the people, what is it that's required to be done?”
Ms Strongman-Lintern is speaking out because she doesn't want her brother’s death – the brother she remembers as a gentle joker – to be in vain.
“I think the most important thing is that people listen, that people learn from it,” she says.
Because if they don't, tragedy might strike again.
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2/12/2012 1:18:13 p.m.
lol u crack me up,there a two families and friends grieving atm not just seans,i feel for them i really do but there in no reason to go around threatning ppl that wernt involved in that incident.u dont see supporters from the accused side threatning anyone??and why would i use my real name so i can get abuse from the low lives up there i dnt think so i have a family to think about,people need to get facts before trusting the media they just spin everything around and make shit up. the accused family are loosing someone too yea its not the same but its still sumthing very hard for them to have to go through as well as seans family and added violence and shit dont help neone.
24/10/2012 12:04:06 p.m.
How would you feel if some gutless man had killed your brother? threats arent anything big. Someones life being taken, so obviously aria's grieving. And cool how you hid your name. Anonamous? man up. If you wanna say something like that, use your real name.
14/10/2012 9:25:26 a.m.
funny how people only seem to get one side to the story and believe that straight off.first Aria is a 2 faced liar she has been throwing around threats to the offenders family and then she goes on televison acting all mature and wanting the violence to stop.what would you do if the tables were turned and it was sean that had killed sumone?u wld support him all the way and u wldnt like people threatning u or abusing u in court..there are two sides to this story like any other and niether sean or the offender were perfect they were both getting into trouble that night it wasnt one sided.so people need to stop being immature and just let justice takes its stand there are two families grieving the offenders family have lost someone for a long time and have to live with what he done its not the same as being gone forever but to them it seems like it and the abuse doesnt help,its not going to bring sean back.so if people want the violence to stop they need to stop dishing it out.
7/10/2012 6:55:04 p.m.
i hate to say it but it will happen again,ive noticed since people have to smoke outside now there are more people hanging around outside and alot more fighting,even pub owners are saying that maybe that needs to change aswell
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