A 17-year-old has been charged with manslaughter following the death of a security guard at Countdown Papakura.
The security guard died on Thursday morning as a result of his injuries in Middlemore Hospital, where he was taken after the incident. Goran Milosavljevic was a Serbian national who had worked at the Papakura store for eight months.
He was assaulted and reportedly punched in the head, Stuff reports.
Countdown Managing Director Dave Chambers said “We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss of one of our team.
“The safety of our people and customers is our absolute priority, and no New Zealander should go to work and not expect to return home to their loved ones.”
“Our focus right now is to support the family and our team in whatever way we can. We’ve also made as much information and footage as we have available to the police and will continue to cooperate with their investigation.”
Police were made aware of the incident on Wednesday, Counties Manukau South Area Commander Inspector Dave Glossop says.
Police expressed their deepest sympathies to the guard’s family.
The teenager is expected to appear in the Papakura District Court on Thursday afternoon.