25 Mar 2019

Man admits hiding teenage son found guilty of killing man

11:48 am on 25 March 2019

A Hawke's Bay man has today admitted hiding his son in an attempt to avoid the youth being arrested for murder.

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

Haami Hanara Photo: Pool photo

In March last year, the-then 14-year-old Haami Hanara stabbed Flaxmere man Kelly Donner four times and was later found guilty of his murder.

He is now serving a life sentence.

His father, Witerangi Hanara, 43, today pleaded guilty to a charge of perverting the course of justice.

The Crown said that after Mr Donner's death Hanara arranged for his son to be hidden and misled the police as to his true whereabouts.

He has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced in May.