MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Police – Three charged following homicide investigation

Canterbury Police have charged three men with murder following a homicide investigation into the death of 44 year old Benton Marni Parata.

Benton was taken by ambulance to Christchurch Hospital on 25 March 2015 with critical injuries and was placed on life support in ICU.

Benton never regained consciousness and died in the early hours of Monday 31 March 2015.

Three men aged 20, 21 and 36 are due to appear in Christchurch District Court on Wednesday 8 April 2015.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Worner says “the Police investigation team have been working closely with Corrections staff and the victim’s family over the last nine days and will continue to do so.  We still have ten Police staff working on an ongoing investigation into this incident.”

“As three men have now been charged, aspects of the investigation including the injuries Benton suffered will not be released” explained Detective Senior Sergeant Worner.

Benton’s family are understandably very upset and have asked Police to convey their request for the need for privacy at this time so they can grieve as a family.

Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.