17 Apr 2024

Sandringham dairy stabbing: Judge grants stay for terminally ill man charged with murder

11:29 am on 17 April 2024

One of three men charged with the murder of Auckland dairy worker Janak Patel has been granted a stay in court proceedings, due to being terminally ill.

Patel was working at the Rose Cottage Suprette in Sandringham, when he was killed following a robbery in November 2022.

He was stabbed to death near the dairy after pursuing and confronting a man who had stolen a cash register.

Frederick Hobson, who stabbed Patel, pleaded guilty to murder last month.

However, co-defendants Henry Fred and Shane Tane had earlier pleaded not guilty.

On Wednesday at the High Court in Auckland, Justice Graham Lang granted a stay in court proceedings for Henry Fred due to his terminal illness, after receiving direction from the Solicitor-General.

A stay halts court proceedings, but can be lifted by a judge at a later date, allowing a trial to proceed.

Meanwhile, Shane Tane is set to go to trial in May 2025.

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