Third arrest over death of Tribesman killed on Bay of Plenty road

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A third person has been arrested over the death of Tribesman Don Henry Turei Junior last year.

Don Henry Turei Junior died on 26 November in a crash at Te Kaha. The burnt out vehicle was found near the banks of the Raukokore River not far from where Mr Turei died.

Don Henry Turei Junior died on 26 November in a crash at Te Kaha. This burnt out vehicle was found near the banks of the Raukokore River not far from where Mr Turei died.

Source: NZ Police

Mr Turei died in a crash on State Highway 35 opposite the Ruakokere Marae near Te Kaha in the Bay of Plenty on November 26.

Two people, a 32-year-old man and a 33-year-old man, were arrested earlier this year and charged with being accessories to the murder.

Police today said a third person, a 39-year-old man, has been arrested and charged with murder.

He will appear in the Wellington District Court today.

Bay of Plenty Field Crime Manager Detective Inspector Lew Warner said it has been a trying time for the family of Mr Turei.

"We hope that this additional arrest will help to bring relief to his whanau," he said.

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