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Teen murdered with broken bottle: Crown

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/07/2016
Luke Tipene was allegedly killed in Grey Lynn, Auckland. © Facebook Luke Tipene was allegedly killed in Grey Lynn, Auckland.

Two teens who intervened in a fight at an Auckland party turned on each other, and one murdered the other with a broken beer bottle, the Crown has alleged.

Vincent Skeen, 18, is on trial at the High Court at Auckland accused of murdering 17-year-old Luke Tipene in Grey Lynn in the early hours of November 1, 2014.

Mr Tipene, a promising rugby league player, died after a fight outside a party.

Prosecutor Brian Dickey said Mr Tipene had not attended the party, but was texted by a friend to pick him up and help him in a fight - reported to have started over a girl.

After the party ended Mr Tipene's friend engaged in a one-on-one fight on the road, and Skeen joined in the fight, punching Mr Tipene's friend hard.

Seeing this, Mr Tipene punched Skeen, knocking him to the ground.

Mr Dickey said this enraged Skeen and he and went to find a weapon to retaliate. He found a full beer bottle, which he smashed and held by the neck, Mr Dickey said.

He confronted an unarmed Mr Tipene and landed several blows, including one that severed his jugular vein and was 10-12 centimetres deep - stopping just short of his spine.

"Luke was immediately very, very badly hurt."

He staggered off down the street in shock, gurgling and bleeding profusely, and his friends tried to apply first aid.

He was taken to hospital where he died several hours later.

Skeen was arrested the next day, but refused to answer police questions.

Justice Mary Peters told the jury it was important to keep an open mind, and reminded them not to watch news coverage or research the case.

She said this last factor was especially important as it was a retrial.

The trial is set down for two weeks.

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