News from NZ Police
A fourth man has been charged in relation to the death of 19-year-old Wiremu Birch in Taupo on Friday. The 30-year-old man from Taupo, who was arrested in Taupo today, has been charged with murder and will appear at Rotorua District Court tomorrow morning.
The scene examination has been completed and a post mortem has been carried out.
Police still want to hear from anyone in the area of Rifle Range Road, Hinekura Avenue or Hinemoa Avenue, Taupo who saw or heard anything suspicious between 2.30am and 3.30am.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Taupo Police on 07 378 6060. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
News from NZ Police – October 11
Three men will appear in court tomorrow charged in connection with the death of 19-year-old Wiremu Birch in Taupo this morning. The men aged 23, 27 and 32 were arrested by police at various addresses in Taupo this afternoon. All three have been charged with grievous bodily harm and will appear at Rotorua District Court tomorrow morning.
The investigation is continuing and police haven’t ruled out further arrests and charges. Police still want to hear from anyone in the area of Rifle Range Road, Hinekura Avenue or Hinemoa Avenue, Taupo who saw or heard anything suspicious between 2.30am and 3.30am.
The 19-year-old died this morning following a fight in a Taupo street. A homicide investigation has been launched and a post mortem will be carried out in Auckland tomorrow morning to establish the cause of death. The man is believed to have been stabbed.
It is believed a small number of people were involved. Police are trying to establish the circumstances that led to the 19-year-old’s death, how many people were involved and whether or not the dead man knew his attacker.
The scene has been cordoned off with tents erected to protect the area from the poor weather. Police and ESR will be carrying out a forensic examination of the scene and area enquiries are ongoing.
Area Commander Inspector Steve Bullock said: “Although it is very early into the investigation and there is still a lot of work to be done, we are confident at this stage that it is an isolated incident and I want to provide assurances that there is no public safety risk to the wider community.”