21 Nov 2018

Co-accused to give evidence in murder trial of 14-year-old boy

10:31 am on 21 November 2018

Three teenagers accused of assaulting a homeless man before he died will give evidence at the trial of a 14-year-old boy accused of killing him.

Haami Hanara, 14, is accused of the murder of Kelly Donner in Flaxmere in March 2018.

Haami Hanara Photo: Pool photo

The Crown alleges Haami Hanara, 14, stabbed 40-year-old Kelly Donner four times over a dispute about a torch he borrowed from the victim.

Mr Donner was found severely injured on a grassy area near the Flax Bar and Eatery at about 10:30pm on Sunday, 4 March.

Yesterday, The High Court in Napier was shown CCTV footage of Mr Hanara riding around on a bike with a bloodied knife, shortly after Mr Donner was stabbed.

Footage of Mr Hanara and four other teenagers throwing bottles, rocks and a bicycle at Mr Donner was also shown.

Two youths who have appeared in Hastings Youth Court in relation to Mr Donner's death and another teenage witness are due to give evidence this morning.

The Crown said they would give an eye witness account of the attack, including evidence that Mr Hanara told one of them that he had stabbed Mr Donner.

On Tuesday, the court heard evidence from Detective James Forgie, who analysed the CCTV footage taken from behind the Flax Bar and Eatery and also from a camera attached to the outside of the Flaxmere Library overlooking the back of the pub.

It showed five youths attacking Mr Donner with rocks and one throwing a bicycle at him.

He said the video then showed the accused coming out of a shadowed area at the back of the pub with a knife in his hand and following Mr Donner off-screen.

Thirty-three seconds later it showed him coming back into view of the CCTV camera with what Detective Forgie said was a "bloodied knife" in his hand.

Mr Hanara then picked up his bike that was thrown at Mr Donner and rides around.

"He's on the bike with the knife in his left hand," Detective Forgie told the court.

Mr Hanara's shoes also appeared to be bloodied, the court heard.

Earlier in the day, Institute of Environment Science and Research forensic scientist Janina Hopkins said an analysis of a black leather vest worn by Mr Hanara that night, later found at a Flaxmere address, had found blood stains on it.

"There were numerous blood stains present on the inside and outside of the vest."

Giving evidence, forensic pathologist Thambirajah Balanchandra said Mr Donner suffered 14 cuts.

The carotid artery in his neck was completely severed and he bled to death, he said.

Without medical intervention Mr Donner would have only had between two to five minutes to live, he said.

The carotid artery was a major artery carrying blood from the heart to the brain and once it was severed Mr Donner's organs and brain would have suffered from the lack of blood and oxygen, Dr Balanchandra said.

Mr Donner also suffered a fractured rib, minor fractures to his eye socket and bruising or bleeding to his frontal lobe, as well as several lacerations to his scalp, he said.

Mr Donner's family wept as his wounds were described in court.

Under cross examination by the defendant's lawyer, Dr Balanchandra said Mr Donner also had THC in his blood.

THC is the active ingredient most commonly associated with cannabis.

"Eighteen micrograms per litre of blood is consistent of smoking a single cannabis cigarette within two hours of death," Dr Balanchandra said.

Mr Donner also had two "superficial stab wounds" to his chest and shoulder, he said.

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