Young Kapiti man found dead
Sat, 15 Sep 2012 9:37a.m.
By Rachel Tiffen
A man has been charged in the past hour in relation to the alleged murder of a 20-year-old man in Kapiti.
Police say they were called to the Kapiti Lights complex around 12:40am this morning after reports of an altercation and found Paraparaumu man Sean Strongman-Lintern dead at the scene.
This morning, Paraparaumu woke up to a crime scene in its backyard and detectives combing it for evidence – first and foremost, the knife believed to have killed Sean Strongman-Lintern.
When police arrived early this morning, the 20-year-old was already dead. Last month they found 17-year-old Izak Millanta unconscious, but he died 24 hours later in hospital.
"To date, our inquiries do not reveal any correlation between the two,” says Inspector John Price, Kapiti/Mana area commander. “However, Kapiti is a small place."
It's understood Mr Strongman-Lintern was in a scuffle inside the Monteith’s Bar and moved outside by bouncers before a knife was pulled on him.
"One person is assisting us currently with our inquiries and we have more than 30 police staff working on this inquiry."
Twenty-five-year-old Manawanui Stewart has been charged with manslaughter over Izak Millanta's death, and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on his brother Tane, but hasn't entered a plea for either.
3 News understands the same night Izak Millanta was knocked unconscious, Sean Strongman-Lintern was also knocked out and dragged onto the road to be run over.
Despite a liquor ban in the area, locals say it's alcohol-fuelled violence between groups coming from as far afield as Otaki and Porirua.
"It seems to be gang tensions, young tensions – people getting kind of miserable with each other,” says resident Donald Pine. “It's quite extraordinary around here at the moment."
“I personally don't go out here because there are so many things that happen,” says resident Anna Dent. "There is so much fighting and there are so many instances like this.”
Tensions have been high since Izak Millanta died and his brother Tane was injured.
Police say they have five staff out on foot every Friday and Saturday night, but after two deaths within 1km of the station, is that enough?
"I regard the police presence here as very reactive because they're under-resourced,” says Mr Pine.
Police will be out in force tonight, but Kapiti mayor Jenny Rowan says she knows a community approach is needed and young people need somewhere safe to go out at night.
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15/09/2012 6:44:09 p.m.
WHY ? wrote:
The comments of discontent around safety and the delinquent activity perpetrated by those who should know better on those who have yet to experience the world fully and now only see a world that should be not be theirs - these comments come from mature and adults who have lived there for a while, it's tragic to hear this. The Police station is located in such away that it doesn't encourage people to want to enter and from experience on those times you do it seems they are under resourced or don't follow through. How many more of our young people need to die before NZ Police do something about this, it's as much about the liquor issues as it is being on the beat, a visible presence for preventative policing in a community that so clearly needs it. I wouldn't move there if I won lotto. ...by the way consider the linkage of the murders, this young man was a friend of Izak Millanta's so where's the retaliation in this - I'd say some people are trying to prove a point - my heart goes to the two victims families lord knows the offenders families will get all the legal aid they can muster ! Mayor Rowan, if you know a community approach is needed the strive for it, drive it and show the families you want to see this fixed ! It's unacceptable one young one is deprived of his life but two - please !
15/09/2012 5:17:15 p.m.
Nathan Martin wrote:
what is happning to kapiti lights that is the second incident where someone has been killed in the last month.I knew izak malanta from polytech he was in my class he was very nice.
15/09/2012 5:11:26 p.m.
To answer Eddie's comment, Yes yet another murder of a cheeky young local lad by another "outsider" from the Porirua region. This young mans life has been literally "cut" short by a mindless gutless goon with a knife, skin full of alcohol and a bad attitude. Its time the two bars who rely on the carpark area for access to their premises were forced to pay for security patrols of the privately owned carpark area outside their bars until the last patron has left the area.
15/09/2012 2:37:19 p.m.
What's happening to Kapiti, Paraparaumu especially?, a great commumity but a violent underbelly of youth it seems, last murder was perpetrated by an 'outsider' that lived in Tatahi Bay. I hope the murderer in this case is local (sorry, not meaning disrespeact), as if again another person who lives outwith Kapiti...what's happening here?
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