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Waipouri murder details released

Wed 28 Feb 2007 In: New Zealand Daily News

Details of the murder of gay Palmerston North man Stanley Waipouri, 39, have now been released. Waipouri's body was found in his Rangitikei Street flat, near Queen Elizabeth College, at 1.17am on 23 December last year. Police believe the attack on Waipouri lasted between one and two hours, in which he had his ear bitten off, part of his penis cut or bitten off, his face severely mutilated. Bite marks were also found on his body. The details of the injuries suffered in the late-night attack can be revealed after a suppression order was lifted in the Palmerston North District Court, reports the Manawatu Standard's front page today. Waipouri's severed penis has not been found. Unemployed men Andre Gilling, 17, and Ashley Benjamin Arnopp, 20, were found at the scene and have now been charged with Waipouri's murder. They are now in custody awaiting a pre-depositions hearing on 20 March. Waipouri's close friend Danny Delamere had no comment to make today about the verdict, but last month told, “We have been informed of some of the horror that he endured leading up to his death but we haven't dwelt on that at all. “Stan was a very generous man and he had so many friends from all walks of life. He used to be one of our early DJ's at our local gay club MALGRA. He loved music, could sing, and could play a mean tune on a guitar.” Delamere thanked local police “for their kindness, professionalism, sensitivity and ongoing respect in their constant updating us of events and ensuring that we were fully informed with all developments,” in his statement last month.     Ref: Manawatu Standard, (m)

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First published: Wednesday, 28th February 2007 - 12:00pm

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