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La Mont murder trial: the facts

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/11/2016

AUCKLAND MAN DUSTIN LA MONT HAS JUST BEEN FOUND NOT GUILTY OF MURDER AFTER STABBING TWO MEN NEXT DOOR - ONE FATALLY - AFTER MONTHS OF FRUSTRATION OVER HIS NEIGHBOUR'S PARTIES AND GANG ACTIVITIES. HERE ARE THE KEY FACTS:

WHO?

* Auckland cafe worker Dustin La Mont, 26 - a resident of Mount Albert's Renton Road

* Whangarei man Nathan Pukeroa who arrived in Auckland three days prior and was staying at 21 Renton Road - next door to La Mont

* Devaray Junior Cole-Kuvarji - a life-long friend of Mr Pukeroa's and a Black Power prospect who had come to visit him at the house on the day of the attack

WHAT?

Mr Pukeroa was fatally stabbed in the throat at the end of the road and Mr Cole-Kuvarji survived a knife to the neck in the same attack after they followed La Mont out onto the road just before midnight on December 2, 2015.

PROSECUTION

* Prosecutors said La Mont was obsessed with getting his neighbours evicted because of their Mongrel Mob activities and frequent midweek parties in the months before the stabbing

* He went as far as to secretly film into their house from the bushes on their property and frequently checked the licence plates of vehicles at their home

* He made numerous complaints to police

* The Crown said his rage boiled over because of a party on the night, grabbed a knife and went towards next door

THE DEFENCE

* La Mont's lawyer said he was not "obsessed" but highly concerned about his neighbours

* They said La Mont was confronted by the two much larger men, who had histories of violence and criminal records, and defended himself

* They said the men had been drinking, threatened La Mont and would not allow him to flee when he tried, forcing him to fight back

TWEETS?

* La Mont took to Twitter to complain about a party his neighbours were throwing on the night of the killing and kept tweeting after the attack

* The tweets included:

"Sounds like the mongrel s**tf**ks next door are having another midweek party, yipeee - among others.

* and two days after:

"The 'victim', ladies and gentlemen" - with a link to a picture of Mr Pukeroa holding a wad of cash taken from Facebook.

THE VERDICT

It took the jury 5 hours to reach their verdict.

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