Regular readers will be aware that LF had taken an interest in the sad story of a young students life being snuffed out following a rugby match at one of New Zealand’s secondary schools back in 2013. That young student was Stephen Dudley, a young man who by all accounts was achieving a great deal against the odds, the odds having been stacked against him for a number of reasons that are perhaps unique to the circumstances that New Zealand’s youth are forced to face every day in lower socioeconomic mixed ethnicity rugby mad schools all over that country.
From the outset what had begun to unfold with Stephens death smelt like the early stages of a New Zealand government coverup, the school involved, the Department of Educations involvement, the police and the courts all having acted in manifestly and inexplicably duplicitous ways. In fact much of how the matter was handled bears a strong resemblance to the now infamous Roast Busters case; the polices failure to investigate properly and their now more than obvious attempts to stage manage both cases into the safety of “under the carpet” oblivion.
To this day evidence of a coverup is to be found in the way the Crown Law office is handling the massive public backlash to the police investigation and legal wheeling and dealing that’s gone on, inclusive of the judgments delivered by New Zealand’s Justice Helen Winkelmann, Crown law now saying that they are “considering” an appeal on Winkelmann’s decision but that any decision on whether or not to do so could be weeks away. This is of course in itself strange as the crowns response in the case of the Maori Kings sons sentencing was almost instantaneous, a matter of just 2o days, once Crown Law had realised the extent of the public disapproval of judicial favouritism.
As aforesaid, LF have for good reason adopted the view that this case and the manifestly inadequate way it has been handled by police, crown law and the Courts has stunk to high heaven from the outset. First there was the unnecessary name suppression granted to the school involved, Kelston Boys High School, then there were the name suppressions granted to the two assailants, in effect the public being kept in the dark on almost everything. Not only was this behaviour a breach of the open and transparent principles expected of any judicial system in a free and democratic society it has resulted in the victims rights and those of his family being ruthlessly trampled and the right of the public and more importantly a parents right to be warned of any danger faced by students of a school that clearly has a culture of Rugby, thuggery and coverup.
As aforesaid the warning signs have been there since day one. The public and parents had an inalienable right to know the name of the school involved, yet the police, the prosecution and the courts bent over backwards in their efforts to make sure the schools identity remained unknown for eternity. This is clearly a breach of a parents right to be informed of any dangers posed to the health and safety of their children. Make no mistake, in the case of this school that risk is very real, clear in the way the school and its senior management have handled the murder of Stephen Dudley; by engaging in a coverup with the authorities. This school and its sporting culture have a history of violence. The schools first XV (Knights) was involved in a seriously violent brawl during a rugby match in 20o9.
The irregularities surrounding this case are enormous and started with the polices choice of investigating officers. The police did not bother appointing an experienced qualified homicide specialist, instead they sent a group of green horns who all had one thing in common, they all held no rank, just mere constables:
Constable Adam Nee
Constable Robert Law
Constable Alison Wilson
Constable Bryan Stuart Hodder
Constable T J Bramwell
Constable Shaun Galbraith
Constable A R Zink
Constable Theresa McCabe
Clearly then the police investigation was not considered worthy of an appropriate level of response or expertise. Nor was the investigation free of serious conflicted interests, real and perceived. Lets take a closer look at the only detective present, one detective constable Mark Renfree.
Renfree seems, at least on the face of it, to be completely unqualified for the job of investigating a crime that at the outset had the very real potential to result in a murder or manslaughter charge. That in itself is a major problem for the police and should be of concern to the public. Then of course there are the serious conflicts that Renfree has that the public has also been kept in the dark over, despite a legitimate right to know.
This case from the outset has inveigled New Zealand’s rugby fraternity in a very serious way. New Zealander’s afford this particular sport and those who play it at a professional level almost “God like” status, the sport itself, not to put to finer point on it, is something akin to the opiate of the Kiwi masses.
It is within the sphere of this frankly insane “rugby” cult that the events leading to the death of Stephen Dudley unfolded on that fateful day in June 2013, when Stephen Dudley was lured to his death in what was a premeditated attack, and it is from within this very same insane rugby cult that the New Zealand Police decided to select, apparently, the best man for the job, Detective Constable Mark Renfree.
You see Mark Renfree is no ordinary cop, sure he was seriously unqualified for the job at hand when it came to investigative experience, but he was an individual that had some pretty impressive connections to New Zealand’s Rugby fraternity and the coaches responsible for supervising the training sessions on the day Stephen Dudley was murdered.
Renfree’s association with the sport, for the most part, involved the junior leagues that comprise school rugby. LF’s investigations have uncovered the fact that Detective Mark Renfree was and is himself a Rugby coach with Auckland’s Marist North Harbour Rugby Club. Mark Renfree is also heavily involved in other areas of the Rugby fraternity and has close connections to colleagues such as fellow MNHRC committee member and Chairperson Traci Sietu who inturn have very close connections to Kelston Boys High School and the Samoan community in general.
It’s yet another case of the good old Kiwi “six degrees of separation” problem, that and the New Zealand Police’s proclivity for ensuring the required outcomes prevail where “mates” or other hidden agendas are involved.
Readers will of course be asking what has Detective Mark Renfree’s heavy involvement in New Zealand’s schoolboy Rugby scene got to do with the likely coverup of Steven Dudley’s murder? Well that’s where the police hierarchy, crown law and of course the courts become inveigled, by deciding to keep the public in the dark, granting dubious name suppressions that enabled these seriously conflicted connections to remain a closely guarded secret. This is pretty much typical of the New Zealand police forces behaviour in cases such as this one.
Despite the older of the two boys (brothers) having pled guilty Justice Winkelmann in her summing up refers to this assailants future career prospects as a fucking teacher, and the likelihood of that career being unduly compromised by the assailant having a criminal conviction. This was of course, when privy to all the facts, a complete furphy uttered by Helen Winkelmann; a smoke-screen or ruse that was used with a specific purpose in mind. The fact is that this perpetrator, on the basis of the impact on his alleged future career as a lowly teacher, was no different to hundreds of other Kiwi youths who when confronted with being sentenced for this type of offending have not come even remotely close to receiving this very special consideration. So why would Winkelmann grant this particular bully and Rugby thug a second chance when others have certainly not received the same treatment at the hands of New Zealand’s police and Courts?
Well that’s where the Kiwi’s national obsession with Rugby raises its ugly head yet again, it’s also undoubtedly the reason Winkelmann steered well and truly clear of any reference to the effects on the assailants other potential, perhaps even more foreseeable, career prospects; that of a professional rugby player – instead determining it more politically expedient to note the alleged future career as a teacher, an aspect that in LF’s opinion had little if anything to do with this thug being granted the opportunity to walk away scott free.
LF suspects it had a whole lot more to do with the assailants promising Rugby career and his selection for the 2014 Somoan under 20’s Rugby team; naturally any criminal conviction would have put pay to that opportunity, having a catastrophic effect on Ieremia Mataena’s ability to obtain the required visa’s to travel with the Samoan 2014 team or for that matter any future team he may have been selected for, on tour.
It is with the aforementioned suspected police and judicial skullduggery that LF has decided to name the two perpetrators, the two thugs that, according to our whistleblowers deliberately lured Stephen Dudley back to the field to recieve a premeditated beating that was predicated on petty romantic rivalries and jealousies held by Stephens two (or more) far from intelligent assailants.
It is only when the perpetrators identities are known that the public are then clearly able to see that this has likely been a coverup from the very start, a coverup designed by Rugby’s faceless men to protect a promising players future career prospects in the sport at a professional level. It’s always been about the here and now, Mataena’s ability to play representative rugby, it’s never been about the non-existent bullshit teaching career that Winkelmann would have the exceptionally gullible Kiwi public believe.
In the 15 months since Stephen Dudley’s untimely and tragic death LF has received a great deal of information (and evidence) from a great many whistle blowers, some of whom were obviously present when the brutal unprovoked attack on Stephen Dudley occurred. There is much more to this case than meets the eye and LF will be bringing readers more as this story unfolds in New Zealand.
We’ll be covering issues such as the video footage that some of the witnesses took with their cell phones, footage that police apparently seized We’ll be looking at the likely reasons behind police and prosecutors withholding that evidence from the court and what the police might have done with that mysteriously “missing in action” digitally recorded material. This case is so typical of the way the Kiwi police and the country’s dysfunctional justice system operate, its enough to induce projectile vomiting. LF’s view is a simple one, Justice has not been done. If the New Zealand police force refuse to act appropriatly in bringing these two assailants to justice then both private criminal prosecutions and a civil tort against the assailants, the school and the Department of Education should be issued as soon as practicable. As for High Court Justice Winkelmann, well her credibility as a jurist and a human being is now in the fucking toilet.
For readers that are interested, the incompetent Justice Helen Winkelsphincter’s bullshit judgment is available here.