Guilty of murdering Ihaka Stokes. Sometimes we win one

Troy Taylor, the de-facto stepfather of Christchurch infant Ihaka Stokes, has been found guilty of the boy’s brutal murder.

Troy Kevin Taylor, 23, had denied murdering the 14-month-old boy during a two-week trial at the High Court in Christchurch.

He claimed that his then-partner and Ihaka’s mother Mikala Stokes inflicted the boy’s 59 fatal injuries on July 3, 2015 while he was out getting a tattoo.

But after four hours of deliberations, a jury of six women and six men were unanimous in finding Taylor guilty of murder.

They also found him guilty of assaulting the child the day before the murder.

The whole case was looking like he was going to pin it all on the mother.  Looks like the jury wasn’t buying.

Taylor mouthed “no” as the verdicts were read out today, while family members in the packed public gallery said “no way”.

He will be sentenced on June 9.

As he was led into custody, Taylor quietly said, “f****** b*******”.

Justice Mander thanked the jury for their service.

The “Kahui” plan didn’t work.

Well done jury.


– Kurt Bayer, NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.