Family of man killed in Tauranga: ‘Mongrel Mob were at the house’

Mitchell Te Kani, who was killed in Maungatapu on Saturday night.


Mitchell Te Kani, who was killed in Maungatapu on Saturday evening.

When Mitchell Te Kani was a younger boy taking part in on the grounds outdoors his major faculty, he may by no means have foreseen Sunday’s tragic picture of all his whānau ready – sombre or in tears – on those self same grounds, guarding the scene the place their beloved member of the family, ‘Mitch’, was nonetheless mendacity lifeless in the home throughout the highway, the place he had taken his final breath the evening earlier than.

“We’re all shattered, heartbroken, shocked and devastated,” a household spokesperson stated. “It’s exhausting to soak up what has occurred within the final 24 hours.

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“It’s actually powerful for us to know that his physique is simply over the highway, mendacity the place he fell, however we totally help that the police need to do an intensive job.”

A police officer stands guard on Maungatapu Rd.

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A police officer stands guard on Maungatapu Rd.

Police launched a murder investigation after Te Kani was killed in Maungatapu on Saturday evening, proper reverse the varsity he attended as a boy.

Detective Senior Sergeant John Wilson stated police have been initially known as to a dysfunction incident involving a gaggle of individuals on the house on Maungatapu Rd.

Police discovered Te Kani’s physique once they arrived at about 10.30pm.

Wilson stated police believed the folks concerned within the dysfunction incident have been identified to one another.

On Sunday night, police groups have been nonetheless current on the home. A policewoman holding a gun guarded the doorway, whereas a forensic workforce labored additional up the driveway.

At one level, a automobile with smashed home windows, considered vital proof, was towed from the scene.

A car is removed from a property on Maungatapu Rd.

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A automobile is faraway from a property on Maungatapu Rd.

Throughout the highway, members of the family sat collectively in teams. The household spokesperson stated a few of them had been ready there all day.

“It’s our tradition, we don’t go away him. It’s our tikanga to stick with him.”

Te Kani didn’t dwell in the home the place the homicide befell, stated the spokesperson.

“He lives in Welcome Bay. There was some kind of gathering in the home and Mongrel Mob members have been current. It was not a barbecue or some kind of celebration, nothing like that.

“Our household needs to make it clear that Mitch and our household should not affiliated with gangs in any method. However sure there have been Mongrel Mob gang members at that home final evening, and Mitch was there too.”

Throughout the night, it’s believed an argument began over a relationship that “had turned to custard” between a lady identified to the household and a gang member.

“This dispute escalated, and by some means Mitch has been caught on this.”

Police attend Maungatapu Rd.

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Police attend Maungatapu Rd.

Te Kani, 51, was a truck driver and a much-loved member of his whānau and the broader group.

“He didn’t have a associate or youngsters, however he adored all of the nieces and nephews and cherished to spoil them rotten. He was an actual whānau-centric man, and energetic in the neighborhood with so many mates.”

Police stated on Sunday that no arrests had been made, however police have been persevering with investigating two Maungatapu properties.

They stated the group could discover a heightened police presence as they make inquiries within the space.

The household spokesperson urged the group to please co-operate with police if that they had any useful data.

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