21 Mar 2016

Father of murder accused relieved at Vanuatu acquittal

1:46 pm on 21 March 2016

The father of the New Zealand teenager accused of murder in Vanuatu says his family is relieved to put the matter behind them now the Supreme Court has dismissed the case.

Ned Lowe was charged last July with stabbing Roger Kamisak to death in what police alleged was an alcohol fueled brawl.

The death was reported to have sparked retaliation against the Lowe family when their resort on Tanna island was attacked by arsonists in August, but police say it could have been related to other disputes.

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Last week, Vanuatu's Supreme Court ruled police had insufficient evidence to charge the 18-year old.

His father Hugh Lowe says their resort is now fully repaired and ready for an influx of tourists later in the year.

He says tourism is at an all-time low in Vanuatu due to Cyclone Pam and the Port Vila airport upgrade.

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