Man arrested for murder of baby Mustafa Ali in Te Kūiti

By and is republished with permission

A man has been arrested for the murder of 10-month-old Mustafa Ali in Te Kūiti last week.

The 22-year-old is due to appear in the Hamilton District Court tomorrow.

Mustafa was taken to Te Kūiti Hospital unconscious on Saturday afternoon, with what police initially described as “violent, blunt-force trauma” and “non-accidental” injuries.

“Police would like to thank all those who have come forward with information to assist our investigation into Mustafa’s murder,” Detective Inspector Graham Pitkethley said this afternoon.

“The police investigation into Mustafa’s death and other incidents that occurred during his short life is ongoing.”

Pitkethley said Te Kūiti residents “can expect to see a continued police presence in the area as we continue to examine and reconstruct the full circumstances of Mustafa’s life”.

“There is the possibility of further charges as a result of this continued investigation,” he said.

“Police are continuing to support Mustafa’s wider family, as they grieve the loss of their little boy, and our thoughts are with them.”

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