30 Oct 2014

Women's murder convictions quashed

6:14 pm on 30 October 2014

Murder convictions have been quashed against two women in relation to the death of a man in Whanganui six-years ago.

The case relates to the death of Paul Kumeroa, who died after being attacked with an axe at Castlecliff in Whanganui six years ago.

The attack was linked to a clash between two gangs, the Mongrel Mob and Black Power.

Two of the four people found guilty of Mr Kumeroa's murder, Raeleen Matawhai Noyle Rameka and Jamia Ngahuia Ahsin, appealed against their convictions.

In a decision announced today, the Supreme Court found in their favour and ordered a new trial.

It said their convictions were based on faults in the trial judge's summing-up.