Senseless - Double killing over coffee in sugar bowl

Double killing over coffee in sugar bowl

A Far North man has admitted murdering his aunt and uncle following an argument over coffee grinds in a sugar bowl.

Edwin Maheno, 38, appeared in Kaitaia District Court on Monday, charged with two counts of murder following the deaths of Ivan, 44, and Carmen Maheno, 38, in May.

He pleaded guilty and will be kept in custody until he is sentenced in a little over two weeks' time in the High Court at Whangarei.

In his summary of facts, Judge Greg Davis said Maheno had argued with his uncle over coffee grinds in the sugar bowl after overhearing comments about his inability to stick to domestic chores, the Northland Age reports.

Maheno became so angry he loaded his .22 rifle and shot him in the head. Mrs Maheno was also shot and died 12 hours later in hospital.

The couple had two children who are now in the care of extended family.

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Image depicts Carmen and Ivan Maheno