Second man charged with murder over death of Christchurch teen Connor Whitehead


A 43-year-old man has been charged with murder over the death of Christchurch teen Connor Whitehead, aged 16.

Connor Whitehead who was fatally shot in Christchurch on 5 November 2021

Connor Whitehead, who was fatally shot in Christchurch on 5 November. Photo: Give a Little

He will appear in Christchurch District Court tomorrow.

He is the fifth person to be charged in relation to the shooting, and the second person to face a murder charge.

Earlier this evening, the police said they had found the fifth person they had been looking for in relation to the fatal shooting of Connor at a party last Friday night.

They said he was taken into custody at a residential address in the suburb of Avonside about 5.15pm.

A 32-year-old man has also been charged with murder and was due to appear in court today but remained in hospital recovering from injuries sustained during his arrest on Sunday evening.

His lawyer did not apply for bail, leaving Judge John Brandts-Giesen to remand him in custody.

He will appear in the High Court in Christchurch on 26 November alongside three other people charged in relation to the teenager’s death.

A 46-year-old man and two women, aged 43 and 36, had their bail applications declined when they appeared in the Christchurch District Court yesterday.

They were granted interim name suppression and have been remanded in custody.

They are all charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder.

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