Case 4: Crime of the Week - Op Ubertas: David Kuka Homicide, Tauranga

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Case 4: Crime of the Week - Op Ubertas: David Kuka Homicide, Tauranga

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  • Case 4: Crime of the Week - Op Ubertas: David Kuka Homicide, Tauranga
  • Case 4: Crime of the Week - Op Ubertas: David Kuka Homicide, Tauranga
  • Case 4: Crime of the Week - Op Ubertas: David Kuka Homicide, Tauranga
  • Case 4: Crime of the Week - Op Ubertas: David Kuka Homicide, Tauranga

Ten 7, Episode

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14th March 2019

Police in Tauranga are still investigating the murder of David Kuka in his own home on Sunday, 11 February 2018.

At about 10pm, David was home alone playing music at his place of residence on Wilrose Place which was a flat located in the back of a pawn shop. At 10:20pm, emergency services were called after David was found with a head injury and was unfortunately unable to be revived. He was killed in an execution style and David had no chance.

David was a much-loved family member, a devout Christian, avid musician and master carver. He had been a gang associate a long time ago and Police want to stress that he was no longer involved with gangs and the “gentle giant’s” death is a huge loss to his whanau.

A month before David’s murder, Lance Waite was shot and killed at the same Wilrose Place address. Lance was a long time Mongrel Mob member. Police have ruled out that David had any involvement in Lance’s killing although they do believe the two events are most likely linked, although investigators are keeping an open mind.

Police are interested in two vehicles - one is a silver sedan that was in and around Greerton at the time that emergency services were called. It was also captured on CCTV coming and going from Welcome Bay that evening.

Police are releasing for the first time that they are interested in a second vehicle which is a silver Ford Falcon with a red bonnet seen around Tauranga late afternoon and early evening the day of David’s death. Police would like to hear from anyone who knows anyone involved with these vehicles on that day.

Anyone else with information is urged to contact Tauranga Police so they can give David’s whanau the answers they deserve.