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Man arrested and charged over Kapiti killing
September 2012
The national media arrived to cover another young man's violent death. Pictured interviewing Kapiti Mana Area Commander Inspector John Price at the Kapiti Police station.

Kapiti Police have arrested and charged a 22 year old man in connection with the death of 20 year old Sean Strongman-Lintern of Paraparaumu in the Kapiti Lights complex in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Officer in charge of the Kapiti Mana CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Oxnam says Police patrol cars entered the carpark area of the Kapiti Lights complex around 12:40am this morning and found the victim lying on the ground.

"From our enquiries so far, it appears an altercation had taken place between the deceased and another male in the vicinity of the Monteiths Kapiti Junction bar, prior to the arrival of Police. Sadly, the victim died at the scene."

A 22 year old man has been charged with murder a short time ago and will be appearing in the Porirua District Court on Monday.

More than 30 Police staff are currently working on the investigation and a scene examination has been underway today in the Kapiti Lights complex.

"As a result of the post-mortem examination carried out this afternoon, Police are now seeking any information relating to a knife or similar item that may have been discarded in the Kapiti Lights area or along State Highway One south of Paraparaumu to Pukerua Bay."

With this being the second violent death of a young person at the same scene in the last five weeks major questions are being asked about the safety of young people in Kapiti.

Mayor Jenny Rowan said "I don't think it's any worse here than anywhere else. This is just two separate incidents that are most unfortunate."

DSS Oxnam says anyone with any information in relation to this or anyone who was in the vicinity of the Monteiths Kapiti Junction bar in the early hours of this morning and has not yet been spoken to by Police are urged to contact Kapiti Police on (04) 296 6800 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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