15 Jul 2008

Man charged with murder of stepson

3:18 pm on 15 July 2008

A man has been charged with murdering his stepson in Nelson two weeks ago.

Johnny Pukerua Joachim, 37, appeared briefly in Nelson District Court on Tuesday. He was remanded in custody to Hillmorton Hospital, Christchurch, for a psychiatric assessment.

Duwayne Toetu Pailegutu, aged seven, was found unconscious at home in Stoke on 2 July.

The boy's mother, 28, has been charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life for her son. She appeared in Manukau District Court on Monday.