Memorial : Constable Lester Murray Stretch - New Zealand Police
Constable Lester Murray Stretch
Died: 26 May 1999
In Mangakino, Constable Stretch attended to reports of a burglary at a local store. Upon his arrival he located Carlos Namana, and chased him from the store. Namana was caught at the entrance to the local hospital, but over powered Constable Stretch, and beat him to death.
He died at the scene of extensive head injuries.
Namana was arrested the following day and charged with murder. He pleaded guilty and received life imprisonment, with a minimum non-parole period of 16 years.