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Second Arrest Following Death of Kawerau Woman, Korrey Whyman

A second person has been arrested and charged for the murder of Kawerau woman, Korrey Whyman in Rotorua last September.


Whyman was shot inside a vehicle while it was travelling on State Highway 33 towards Mourea on September 25th.


The 28-year-old was rushed to hospital but later died from her head injuries.


Police arrested and charged a 22-year-old man yesterday afternoon for Korrey’s murder, and is due to appear in Rotorua District Court today. He is also facing two charges of discharging a firearm with reckless disregard in relation to other victims involved in this incident.


A 31-year-old man is already before the courts for her murder and associated firearms charges, and is due to appear in the Rotorua District Court on July 28th.


"The investigation has continued to focus on key forensic examinations and witness information, which has resulted in the latest arrest," Detective Inspector Lindsay Pilbrow says.


"The arrest also brings significant relief to Korrey’s family, who have struggled to deal with her death since September last year,"


"I’m also incredibly grateful to members of the public who have helped provide a clearer picture of the events which led to Korrey’s death,"


"The investigation is still very much ongoing and Police remain interested in speaking with anyone with knowledge of what happened,"


"We’re aware there are a number of people who have direct knowledge of this incident but have until now been uneasy about coming forward. We’re hoping that the latest arrest will help make coming forward to Police easier," Pilbrow says.


Police note, the vehicle believed to be used by those involved in Korrey’s death, a dark-blue Toyota Hilux king-cab ute, was located burnt out on Braemer Reserve on Tuesday 27 last year.


"Police are not ruling out further charges in relation to this, or in relation to anyone who has actively assisted those responsible – whether it be disposing of or hiding evidence, or intentionally providing false information," Pilbrow says.


Anyone who has information that may assist Police on 105 - either by calling or going online to https://www.police.govt.nz/use-105, using ‘Update Report’ and referencing file number 220925/5119.


Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.



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