Police v MN  NZYC 371
Published 07 November 2016
Accessory after the fact of murder — whether young person should be tried in Youth Court —Crimes Act 1961, s 176 — Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989, s 277(5) — youth offending.
The young person was charged jointly with an adult co-accused for being an accessory after the fact of murder (CA, s 176). Issue was whether the young person should be tried in the Youth Court or in the High Court with adult co-accused. Application to be tried in the Youth Court failed. While the young person’s complex personal circumstances were important, the Judge accepted Crown submission that the complexity of two trials, number of witnesses required and the effect on the deceased’s family required the matter to be heard in the High Court.Judgment Date: 16 June 2016. * * * Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements.* * *