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Auckland teen accused of New Year's Day shotgun murder named

Author
Craig Kapitan,
Publish Date
Wed, 7 Feb 2024, 12:07PM

Auckland teen accused of New Year's Day shotgun murder named

Author
Craig Kapitan,
Publish Date
Wed, 7 Feb 2024, 12:07PM

A South Auckland teen accused of fatally shooting another teenager on New Year’s morning can now be identified as Chaelim John McCarthy.  

The 19-year-old Ōtara resident appeared in the High Court at Auckland today, where a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf for his murder charge and defence lawyer Ron Mansfield, KC, confirmed his client is no longer seeking name suppression.  

McCarthy’s 18-year-old co-defendant, who is charged with unlawfully carrying a firearm but not murder, also appeared and entered a not guilty plea. His interim name suppression remains in place, as does suppression of the victim’s identity that was ordered by the Coroner.  

Both teens were arrested last month, two-and-a-half weeks after the New Year’s Day shooting, which took place at around 3.20am on Addington Ave in Manurewa. 

A vehicle of interest at the scene on Addington Ave, Manurewa, where two people were shot in the early hours of New Year's Day. Photo / Dean PurcellA vehicle of interest remains at the scene on Addington Ave, Manurewa, where two people were injured in an incident overnight. Photo / Dean Purcell 

Police found two shooting victims - ages 17 and 19 - in a green sedan with a rear window that had been shattered. Both received critical injuries and were taken to hospital, but the 19-year-old did not survive. 

Authorities said both suffered head wounds from shotgun pellets that appeared to have resulted from a single shot. 

Chaelim John McCarthy, 19, in the High Court at Auckland on a charge of murder following the fatal New Year's morning shooting of another teen in Manurewa. Photo / Jason OxenhamChaelim John McCarthy, 19, appears in the High Court at Auckland on a charge of murder regarding the fatal New Year's morning 2024 shooting of another teen in Manurewa. Photo / Jason Oxenham 

The accused initially appeared at Manukau District Court, with today’s brief administrative appearance marking their first one in the High Court. 

Justice Mathew Downs set a trial date for the duo for March next year. The younger co-defendant is set to have a name suppression hearing in April. 

Craig Kapitan is an Auckland-based journalist covering courts and justice. He joined the Herald in 2021 and has reported on courts since 2002 in three newsrooms in the US and New Zealand. 

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