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Man sentenced for Cockle Bay homicide

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Police acknowledge the final sentencing in the homicide investigation into the death of Wiremu Arapo more than three years ago.

Wiremu was found deceased inside a Minvera Terrace house in Cockle Bay on 20 October 2020.

Two men were charged in December 2020 after Operation Bancroft was commenced and investigated Wiremu’s murder.

Today, Sean Hayde was sentenced to a life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 17 years for murder.

It follows the sentencing of Greg Hart in November 2023 to 11 years, 4 months imprisonment for manslaughter.

Detective Inspector Warrick Adkin, of Counties Manukau CIB, says today’s sentencing brings court proceedings to a close for the investigation.

“I would like to acknowledge Wiremu’s whānau and loved ones today, in what has been a long journey to reach this point,” he says.

“They have shown great courage and strength since his life was needlessly cut short at the age of 27.

“I hope today’s verdict brings them some closure, but I acknowledge that Wiremu’s absence is something that they will carry with them in their lives.”

Detective Inspector Adkin says investigators worked diligently to ensure those responsible were held to account.

“The Operation Bancroft team did an outstanding job and showed great professionalism to ensure we could achieve justice for Wiremu,” Detective Inspector Adkin says.

“Police would also like to acknowledge the Fire and Emergency crews and investigators that responded to the initial house fire and assisted our investigation at the scene.”

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Source:NZ Police

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