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I watched Janis drown, says accused

Wed 1 Jun 2005 In: New Zealand Daily News

One of the men accused of murdering eccentric West Coast gay man 'Janis' Bamborough says he watched his friend drown him, but was too scared to intervene. Hayden McKenzie testified in a police video interview that his co-accusee Leighton Wilding dragged Janis out of his car, waded into the Buller River, and held him under the water till the body floated to the top. "Leighton parked the car up, dragged Janis out of the car and killed him. The only thing that was said was by Janis. I heard him say, 'I'm sorry'," he said. According to McKenzie, Wilding indicated with his hands that he had strangled Janis while he was under the water. He had reportedly been perturbed by a hug Janis gave him when they met earlier at a private party. Both McKenzie and Wilding are linked to a Nazi-style white supremacy gang, the Fourth Reich, and both are accusing each other of committing the murder.    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Wednesday, 1st June 2005 - 12:00pm

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