Kiwi who lived in Australia for most of his life is deported after committing a petty crime before being murdered at a house party when his life got out of control at home
- Faletoi Matue died after being stabbed at a party in Auckland on May 3, 2019
- The 41-year-old spent most of his life in Australia, but was deported in 2016
- Matue, who suffered from mental health problems, was jailed for deliberate damage
A Kiwi was murdered at a New Zealand house party after his life got out of hand when he was deported from Australia.
Faletoi Matue, 41, died after being stabbed by Christopher Kane Te Kawa Simeon on May 3, 2019, on an estate in Torbay, Auckland.
Simeon pleaded for murder in the High Court on Tuesday and will be sentenced next month.
Matue’s family spoke to earlier The New Zealand Herald about the shock of the 41-year-old.
Faletoi Matue (photo), 41, died after being stabbed by Christopher Kane Te Kawa Simeon on May 3, 2019 on an estate in Torbay, Auckland.
Two of his sisters, Sila and Peati Matue, said Matue was admitted to a mental health center before being detained in Australia for willful damage. He had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and paranoia.
After spending time in prison, Matue was taken to Villawood Immigration Detention Center, Sydney before being transferred to Christmas Island.
He spent approximately eight months in the coastal detention center before being deported to New Zealand in 2016.
“He said it was like doing time again and then he was deported,” Sila told the Australian publication.
Sila said her brother had been in Australia since age 10 and he had no support system in New Zealand.
Pictured: the crime scene. Simeon pleaded for murder in the High Court on Tuesday and will be sentenced next month
“He was the first to be deported, and he was actually there alone [in New Zealand].
“When he went to New Zealand, he did his best to start a new life, but it was hard for him because he had no support … It’s just hard because none of us were there.”
Matue’s younger brother was also deported to New Zealand about a year later.
Sila, who lives in Brisbane, understands that the two men were alone and hung out with other deportees.
She said Matue had a big heart and showed love, despite his struggles with mental illness.
Peati said Australia was Matue’s home and when she first arrived in New Zealand it was a “foreign country”.
She described her brother as one in a million.
Matue (left) was deported to New Zealand after being imprisoned in Australia for deliberate damage