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Man arrested in Te Kaha investigation

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/05/2017

A man has been charged with being an accessory after the fact of murder in relation to the death of a motorcyclist in the eastern Bay of Plenty in November.

In the days after the death of Don Henry Turei Junior on November 26, police launched a murder inquiry, suspecting he may have been the victim of gang-related violence.

The 38-year-old was hit by a Honda Odyssey while riding his motorbike with his brother to a wedding reception on State Highway 35 near Te Kaha.

The Odyssey then sped off and was found burnt out near the banks of the Raukokore River, a short distance away.

Detective Inspector Lew Warner said at the time witness accounts and forensic examinations demonstrate the collision was a deliberate act.

On Monday afternoon a 33-year-old Wairoa man was arrested and was to appear in the Gisborne District Court on Wednesday.

Mr Warner says police are making good progress into the murder enquiry.

A rival gang had been having a function nearby on the day of Mr Turei's death.

Facebook posts indicated he was a Tribesman gang member.

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