Topic: Crime

Homicide investigation underway following death of prisoner

  • South Island

A homicide investigation is underway following the death of 44-year-old Brenton Marni Parata who was assaulted at Christchurch Men’s Prison last Wednesday.

Parata passed away early this morning after his life support which he had been on since suffering the injuries was disconnected on Sunday afternoon. 

According to Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Worner, “We have officers supporting Benton’s family and the services of Victim Support have been offered to them.”

A statement was issued by a spokesperson of Brenton’s family which says, “Sadly we have lost our dear big brother Benton Marni Parata.  He was dearly loved by his family and friends and leaves a huge hole that can't be filled. He was very popular and seemed to be able to charm his way through most things."

According to the police statement no further details or comments on the postmortem will be released by the Canterbury Police as the homicide investigation is still in its early stages.