Bailey Junior Kurariki

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Bailey Junior Kurariki (born May 15, 1989) was convicted of the manslaughter of pizza delivery man Michael Choy in Papakura, New Zealand in September 2001. He was 12 years and 252 days old the day Choy was killed, making him the youngest person convicted of killing in New Zealand history.[1]

Charges in the killing of Michael Choy[2][3][4]
Person Age (years) Charge
Bailey Junior Kurariki 12 manslaughter
Alexander Tokorua Peihopa 16 murder[5]
Ricky Rapira 16 manslaughter and aggravated robbery
Joe Edwin Kaukasi 15 manslaughter and aggravated robbery
Whatarangi Rawiri 17 murder and aggravated robbery[6]
Phillip Kaukasi 17 attempted aggravated robbery[7]
Casie Rawiri 21 theft and attempted aggravated robbery
name suppressed 16 attempted aggravated robbery (acquitted)

At the time of Choy's death Kurariki was in the custody of Child, Youth and Family rather than his mother Lorraine West[8] but had absconded, he had been in trouble since the age of five and had not been to school for more than a year.[9]

In the days following the death of Choy, Kurariki was interviewed by police and reportedly confessed to the killings. However, police did not follow the correct procedures in conducting an interview with an alleged offender under 17, making the results of the interview inadmissible.[10]

Choy's stepfather Ken Croskery became active in the Sensible Sentencing Trust, a lobby group campaigning for longer sentences. After his death, 10 years later, his family claim he died of a broken heart.[11]

He reportedly was "born-again" while in prison,[12] and was released on parole on May 5, 2008[13] but has been in trouble with the courts since and has connections to the Killer Beez gang.[14][15][16] There has also been contention about the nature of evidence needed to recall him to jail for breaching parole[17]

In 2011 Kurariki was convicted for assault and domestic violence charges and sentenced to 14 months in prison,[18] during one hearing he declared himself to be "just an innocent black man".[19][20]


  1. ^ "Cherub's long, ruthless criminal career in 13 short years". The New Zealand Herald. 26 August 2002. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Two found guilty of murdering pizza worker". The New Zealand Herald. 24 August 2002. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Seven years for Bailey Junior as Choy killers sentenced". The New Zealand Herald. 16 September 2002. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  4. ^ THE QUEEN v RIKI RAPIRA [2003] NZCA 217 (5 September 2003)
  5. ^ "PEIHOPA - Alexander Tokorua - 11/11/2011". 2011. Archived from the original on 2 February 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2011. We return, as we must in all of these cases, to the terrible index offence. Mr Peihopa was called the “designated hitter” in this case. It was he who struck Mr Choy.
  6. ^ "RAWIRI - Whatarangi - 12/09/2011". 2011. Archived from the original on 2 February 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Phillip Kaukasi | Michael Choy Killer Denied Parole..." 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011. Phillip Kaukasi was jailed for 12 years for manslaughter when he was aged just 17.
  8. ^ Feature: Young killer jailed for 7 years
  9. ^ "Welfare failed boy killer says police officer". The New Zealand Herald. 26 August 2002. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Police regret 'stuff-up' of BJ interview". The New Zealand Herald. 31 August 2002. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  11. ^ "Murder victims' fathers died of a 'broken heart'". 8 January 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2012. After the horrific killing, Michael's stepfather Ken Croskery became an active campaigner in the Sensible Sentencing Trust. He attended every court appearance and parole hearing of every offender - as many as six a year. The 73-year-old was preparing for two major hearings next month - for lead offenders Alexander Peihopa, now 25, and Whatarangi Rawiri, now 27 - when he collapsed and died on December 29.
  12. ^ Canterbury Atheist: Bailey Junior Kurariki: 'Natural Born Christian'
  13. ^ "NZ's youngest convicted killer released from jail". The New Zealand Herald. 5 May 2008. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  14. ^ Eriksen, Alanah (3 November 2009). "Kurariki facing charges relating to girlfriend". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  15. ^ Leigh van der Stoep (14 November 2010). "Kurariki heads back to prison". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  16. ^ Carroll, Joanne (23 January 2011). "Young killer back in court". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  17. ^ Bailey Junior Kurariki v Ajit Singh, Manager of Mt Eden Prison — Courts of New Zealand
  18. ^ "Bailey Kurariki back behind bars". 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  19. ^ "Bailey Junior Kurariki in court drama". 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  20. ^ "Kurariki jailed over domestic violence". 2 May 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2011.