16 Sep 2019

Police, gang members converge in Christchurch court

11:59 am on 16 September 2019

Extra police and a large number of gang members were present in the Christchurch District Court this morning, where two men appeared over a fatal stabbing.

Christchurch's Justice and Emergency Services Precinct

Christchurch's Justice and Emergency Services Precinct Photo: Supplied / Minister of Justice

Police said Ngaoa Kokaua was stabbed during an altercation at a property on Wainui Street in Riccarton at the weekend.

He died a short time later, after travelling a short distance away by car.

The court was cleared for the appearance via video link from prison of a 31-year-old man charged with Mr Kokaua's murder.

The accused was granted name suppression, as was a 38-year-old charged with assaulting Mr Kokaua with a stick.

Both men have been remanded in custody until their next hearings.