12 Oct 2010

Kahui didn't want to walk to hospital, inquest told

11:30 am on 12 October 2010

The father of the Kahui twins says he did not visit the babies in hospital when first admitted with life-threatening injuries because he did not want to walk there.

Three-month-old Chris and Cru Kahui died after being admitted to Starship Hospital in Auckland in June 2006.

The boys' father, Chris Kahui, was acquitted of their murder following a High Court trial in 2008 and is giving evidence at a coronial inquest in Auckland.

Coroner Garry Evans asked Mr Kahui on Tuesday why he did not rush to the hospital to be with the twins and their mother Macsyna King as she had requested.

Mr Kahui told the inquest he did not want to make the 30-minute walk to get there and thought Ms King should have come and picked him up.

Mr Kahui says later on, Ms King told him to stay at the house as police were coming there to talk to him.

'Tight 12' due to give evidence

A group accused of stonewalling a police investigation into the deaths of the Kahui twins is due to start giving evidence at the inquest on Tuesday.

Members of the twins' family, nicknamed the "tight 12", were accused by police of withholding vital information after the deaths.

People in the group are expected to be called on Wednesday, including Chris Kahui's father, Banjo, and his sister.

Family members of the boys' mother will also be called.