Court appearances over death of Stokes Valley man

Press Release – New Zealand Police

Two men arrested in connection to the death of a 27 year old Stokes Valley man have appeared in the Lower Hutt District Court.Court appearances for two men charged in connection to death of Stokes Valley man

Two men arrested in connection to the death of a 27 year old Stokes Valley man have appeared in the Lower Hutt District Court.

Police were called to George and Logie Streets in Stokes Valley around 9pm last night after receiving reports of an altercation. Upon arrival, bystanders were performing first aid on the victim, but he died after being transported to Hutt Hospital.

Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Cooper of the Lower Hutt CIB says the two men, aged 20 and 22 years are jointly charged with common assault. They have both been remanded in custody. The 20 year old accused will reappear on the 9th of February 2012 and the 22 year old man will reappear on the 14th of February 2012.

“A post-mortem examination has been carried out today on the body of the deceased. Preliminary results indicate he died as a result of a stab wound to the chest area.”

A scene examination has been underway for much of the day and will continue over the weekend.

D/S/S Cooper says, “Regrettably, these types of violent incidents can have tragic outcomes, as we have seen in this instance. We are continuing to investigate the connections between the deceased and the two accused.”

D/S/S Cooper says, “We are still appealing to anyone that was in the area of George and Logie Street last night to contact Police if they saw or heard anything suspicious.
Anyone with any information should phone Lower Hutt Police on (04) 560 2600 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Media please note – Next of kin of the deceased are still being advised. We hope to be able to release the name of the victim tomorrow.

ENDS

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