29 Aug 2008

Pair accused of murdering Auckland teen in custody

4:31 pm on 29 August 2008

Two men charged with murdering an Auckland teenager have been remanded in custody after appearing in Manukau District Court on Friday.

John Hapeta, 14, was beaten to death outside his home in the south Auckland suburb of Weymouth during a birthday party on 12 August.

The men, both aged 24, were remanded in custody until next Friday.

Judge David Harvey released a 15-year-old, who is also facing charges related to the incident on bail with a number of conditions.

At Manukau District Court on Friday, the judge also continued an interim suppression order which prevents the identities of the three being published on the internet.

He has challenged news organisations to provide arguments against his unprecedented internet-only suppression order.

The suppression order prevents the names of those accused from being published online but Radio New Zealand can provide the names of the 24-year-olds on air.

Judge Harvey says the court has not received any submissions from media against the suppression order.

But he says arguments from news organisations against the suppression should be heard at the court on Tuesday morning.