Hagley Park, Christchurch

Hagley Park, Christchurch

Hagley Park killing

In this podcast Alison talks about the killing of Charles Aberhart in 1964.

Aberhart had been cruising in Hagley Park when he was beaten to death. Six youths - Zane McDonald, Anthony O'Connor, Frank Reynolds, Raymond Neither, Brian Johns and Roger Williams were later found not guilty of his manslaughter.


This podcast was funded by a generous grant from the Gay Line Wellington Trust with the support of the Rule Foundation


"I'm going to be looking at the Hagley Park case. This case was a killing which happened on the evening of the 23rd of January, 1964. On this date a gay man named Charles Aberhart was cruising in the area inside and outside a brick public toilet near the Armagh Street entrance to Hagley Park in Christchurch. A group of adolescent boys aged between 15 and 17 attacked him. They punched him, they robbed him and they left him dying beside the path. A passerby discovered his body later that night at about 10:30. The passerby had seen the... read full transcript

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Record date:11th January 2011