Boy, 14, charged with BOP man’s murder

Five youths have been charged in relation to the death of Kelly Donner outside a Flaxmere pub in March - Photo: RNZ / YouTube

A 14-year-old boy charged with the murder of a Bay of Plenty man has denied the allegation.

The teenager was one of five youths charged in relation to the death of Kelly Alex Donner outside a Flaxmere pub on 4 March.

The 40-year-old was found injured outside the Flax Bar and Eatery and died of his injuries shortly afterwards.

The teenager was arrested a month later and charged with stabbing Kelly with a weapon.

Four other teenagers aged between 14 and 16 are facing charges of grevious bodily harm in relation to Kelly's death.

The accused has pleaded not guilty to the charge and a trial date has been set for 19 November.

Kelly was described by many in the Flaxmere community as humble, well-liked, and quiet.

He worked at a local packaging business, but could often be found returning trolleys in the New World car park just to help out.

He died less than 100m from that car park, on a patch of grass outside the Flaxmere tavern.

A memorial garden for Mr Donner has been planted by the community.


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