Patrick Francis Young
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From Auckland Now story 8th May 2012
A man has been found guilty of manslaughter over the death of his step-uncle following a family dispute over his late father's Otara home. Patrick Young, 42, pleaded not guilty to murdering Thai national Aran Jenkanying, the brother of his step-mother Arunee Jenkanying, by striking him three times on the head with a piece of wood. He admitted causing grievous bodily harm to his step-mother on the same day - January 26, 2011. Today a jury at the High Court at Auckland found him guilty of manslaughter rather than murder. Young turned to family members as he was lead away to the cells and called out "love you mum".
Young's girlfriend, Ana Edmonds, 29, was found not guilty of helping him evade arrest by housing him in her Northland home. The jury had been deliberating since Monday afternoon. Outside court, Young's family cried and hugged one another but declined to comment on the verdict. The killing was the result of a dispute over the sale of Young's father's house following his death from cancer, the Crown alleged. He left the largest portion of his assets to his wife, and 45 per cent was to be split between his five children, the court heard during the trial. The siblings wanted to buy their step-mother's share, as they had grown up in the Boulton Place house. In his opening statement, defence lawyer Shane Cassidy asked jurors to consider Young's state of mind at the time, his intentions and whether he was reckless in his "defensive" assault against the Jenkanyings.
''They didn't want him to be at the house that morning... He reacted instinctively by defending himself from their aggression.'' During proceedings Young took to the witness stand and argued he was acting in self defence. He said he was upset with his step-mother for not attending his father's funeral. The family returned in October 2010 to find the Otara house cleared of belongings and a note from Jenkanying saying she had moved out, Young said. Young sent her text messages calling her a "F***en dog" and saying "Where's our Dad's stuff, you scab. Bring it f***en back. Go back to Thailand, you mutt ****. F*** you." The two had no more contact until January 26 when the Jenkanyings arrived at the property while Young was there. Through a Thai translator, Jenkanying told the court she and her brother came to clear the back section so a potential buyer could view the property.
The house had been empty for months and the pair were surprised by the attack from Young who hit his step-uncle over the head several times with a stick, and punched his step-mother, the crown alleged. Young said he was surprised by the Jenkanyings' visit and tried to speak with his step-mother, who yelled at him. "I said what, have you come for the grass now?" Young claimed his step uncle began pushing him before swinging at him with a piece of wood. He said he eventually took the length of timber off him. "I told him bro, f*** off Bong, just f*** off. He kept coming at me, I was getting quite scared." Young said he struck Jenkanying three times over the head as he tried to deflect blows from him. He was then hit in the back of the head by Jenkanying before turning to punch her in the face. "She buckled head first into the concrete," Young said.
Date of Birth
Manslaughter of his step-uncle Aran Jenkanying and grevious bodily harm of his step-mother in Otara, Auckland in January 2011
Extensive list of prior convictions for rape, unlawful sexual connection, burglary, males assaults female, assault on police and fighting in public
Sentenced to 9 years with a 4 year 6 month non-parole period in June 2012
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