Man accused of killing dad begged forgiveness, court told

A teenager told police his older brother begged for forgiveness after stabbing their father, an Auckland court has heard today.

Earlier, Crown prosecutor Gareth Kayes said in a previous court session that on the day of the killing, the father returned home from work and was violent.

Members of the family were granted wide-ranging suppression orders, including the teenager's brother who has denied a charge of murder. The names of the accused, his dead father, or exactly where and when the killing happened could not be reported.

The teenager's interview with a specialist interviewer was being played at the High Court in Auckland today.

Earlier in the day, the teenager said his father accused him of stealing and tried to beat him before his older brother and sister stepped in to stop it.

The teenager said later his father was banging on the windows and shouting when he got locked out of the house after beating his mother.

The teenager said the family saw a car leave the property and thought their father had left.

His older brother took a knife from the kitchen and went outside to investigate.

The teenager said he heard a fight outside and saw his father punch his older brother in the face.

When the lights were turned on he saw his father lying on his side and his brother trying to stop the bleeding.

He said his brother was saying he was sorry and that he didn't want to do what he had done.

Mr Kayes said no one apart from the father and accused saw what happened during the escalation, but a short time later the family found the unarmed father dead on the deck from stab wounds.

A doctor who examined the accused found he had grazes and minor cuts to his hand - in short, virtually unscathed.

A lawyer for the accused, Elaine Ward, said her client had acted in self-defence against a man who had a history of violence and methamphetamine use. She described the father as a bully.

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Two teenagers arrested after allegedly assaulting Wellington dairy worker with hockey stick

Two teenagers have been arrested after allegedly assaulting a woman working at a Wellington dairy with a hockey stick during an armed robbery yesterday.

The pair – one armed with the stick - entered a dairy in Wainuiomata at approximately 5.30pm last night and assaulted the woman before fleeing with the cash register.

Police were called to the scene and managed to follow the teenagers with assistance from members of the public.

The woman suffered facial injuries and was taken to hospital.

The two teenagers will appear in Hutt Valley Youth Court today.

Detective Senior Sergeant Martin Todd says it's pleasing to have made such a quick arrest.

"This would have been a traumatic event for our victim, and we are pleased to have been able to hold those responsible to account," he said.

"We would also like to thank those members of the public who assisted police at the scene."

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone who has seen a cash register in the Ruthven Road area.

Anyone with information is urged to call Wellington CIB Crime Squad on (04) 381 2077, or information can be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously if necessary, on 0800 555 111.

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Police investigating after 'risky and idiotic' sandal-surfer on Auckland Harbour Bridge

Police are looking into an incident where a man "sandal-surfed" across the Harbour Bridge in Auckland.

A video of the incident, which took place last Thursday (May 10), shows a male being pulled along by a car by skidding on the soles of his shoes.

The practice is known as "sandal-surfing" and police say they are now looking for the person involved.

"This behaviour is highly dangerous, risky and idiotic as it puts not only that person's life in danger, but also the lives of other motorists sharing the road," Waitemata Road Policing Manager Inspector Trevor Beggs said.

"This behaviour will not be tolerated and anyone caught behaving in a reckless and unlawful manner on our roads will be held to account."

The individual in the footage reportedly called out to the person filming that their name was "Jake", and he asked them to "add me on Facebook".

The stunt is reminiscent of those performed by Johnny Danger, who passed away recently in a motorcycle accident.

Anyone with information can contact North Shore Police on 09 477 5000, or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.