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Kapiti Coast killing blamed on outsiders

Published: 6:53PM Sunday September 16, 2012 Source: ONE News

Friends of the young man stabbed to death at a Kapiti Coast drinking spot early on Saturday have blamed people from outside the area for the violence.

Sean Strongman-Lintern, 20, was found dead around the corner from the Monteiths Kapiti Junction bar shortly after midnight.

ONE News understands he had been drinking in the bar earlier in the night, when he got involved in a "pushing and shoving" altercation at the bar.

A 22-year-old man has been charged in connection with the death and is due to appear in court on Monday.

Friends of Strongman-Lintern told ONE News today that he had tried to save another youth killed in the same area only five weeks ago.

Izak Millanta was hurt in a fight at the Kapiti Lights complex in Paraparaumu and later died from his injuries.

"Yeah, he always looked after his mates, we always looked after him. He always had our back," said Strongman-Lintern's friend Dane Houghton.

ONE News reporter Heather du Plessis-Allan, said: "The Kapiti Lights complex is known as an area where alcohol-fuelled violence regularly breaks out at weekends."

Strongman-Lintern's friends say people from outside Paraparaumu are to blame and the police are thin on the ground.

The trouble happens within view of the police station only metres away from where Strongman-Lintern died.

Police say the presence of the station should be a deterrent and young people who are drinking and fighting should take responsibility for their actions.

The friends of Strongman-Lintern say they will. They are planning to start a community watch system in the area.

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