Guilty of killing brother

Tuesday May 14, 2019 Written by Published in Crime

Pera Junior Tamanu Pera has pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge relating to the death of his half-brother.


Pera was originally charged with murder when he previously appeared before the High Court and had entered a not guilty plea.

A trial was to take place yesterday before Judge Judith Potter, however, the charge was reduced and Pera, who

was represented by defence counsel David McNair, pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

In its summary of facts, Crown Law’s senior counsel, Kathy Bell presented the case stating that the defendant Pera and the deceased Dominique Taru are half-brothers.

It is alleged that on December 30, 2017, the defendant was 18 at the time, the deceased, 25, a 16-year-old and a friend Junior Teinakitama, 21, gathered in Arorangi after work for some kaikai and drinking.

The summary of facts showed that after the drinking the four men were dropped off at a family home in Turangi where they continued drinking.

The facts further showed that the defendant was still wearing work clothes, which included steel cap boots.

It is alleged that later that evening the deceased started asking their friend Teinakitama about some money but he was too drunk to respond. The 16-year-old told him to leave their friend alone as he was drunk, but the deceased would not listen.

The 16-year-old is alleged to have punched the deceased several times and by this time the defendant became involved and started punching the deceased too.

It is alleged that the deceased ended up on the ground and started apologising, however, the defendant straddled him and continued to punch him in the head.

She said the deceased tried to get up from the ground but the defendant, who was allegedly still wearing his steel cap boots, kicked him in the head and knocked him unconscious.

It is further alleged that 16-year-old went down the road to get help, while Teinakitama and the defendant dragged the unconscious victim into a room.

She said when the 16-year-old returned with another person, he checked on the deceased and the defendant asked him if the deceased was all right.

Bell further said that the defendant asked the 16-year-old to get a bowl of water and to call an ambulance.

“The deceased was transported to hospital where CPR continued. Death was officially declared at 12.30am on December 31. A subsequent post mortem report revealed that the cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries and that the deceased would have survived for at least 25 to 30 minutes.”

Pera is to be sentenced on May 22 by Judge Potter. 

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