25 Nov 2015

Row over party music leads to stabbings

4:37 pm on 25 November 2015

Court documents reveal that a man stabbed two extended family members, one in the back and the other fatally, after a row over music at a party in south Auckland.

The scene of the incident on Fisher Crescent in Otara on Sunday.

The scene of the incident on Fisher Cresent in Otara last year. Photo: RNZ / Kiri Ennis

Robert Timothy Rapana pleaded guilty on Monday to murdering 24-year-old Chevy Davis and intending to cause grievous bodily harm against Mr Davis' 28-year-old cousin Rio Davis last year in Otara.

The court's summary of facts states a fight broke out after Chevy Davis confronted Rapana's partner about repeatedly changing the music at the party.

Rapana went over to try to break it up, but Rio Davis put him in a headlock and a struggle ensued.

During that, Rapana stabbed him in the back and, shortly after, went on to fatally stab Chevy Davis.

Rapana and his partner then fled in a car, briefly stopped to hide the knife and then changed their clothes.

Rapana was today remanded in custody in the High Court in Auckland to reappear for sentencing on 18 December.

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