by a 14 year old for his car
14 year old Renee Kara O’Brien set out on the evening of March 10 2002 with the
sole intention of stealing a car. Finding 60 year old grandfather Kenneth Pigott
asleep in his four-wheel drive, she struck him in the head eight times with a
hammer and threw his dead body into the Waitara River.
Leaving her friend’s Aunt’s house, Renee Kara O’Brien went looking for a car to
steal. Returning to her home at 3am, Renee told her father that she was going
out again. She hooked up with friends, Kararaina Makere Te Rauna and Puti Irene
Heather Maxwell, they set off to find a car and drink some alcohol.
60 year old Kenneth Pigott had also been drinking with friends at a local
Waitara pub on the evening of March 10. Falling asleep in his Four-wheel-drive,
he was woken by Renee O’Brien and her friends.
While Kararaina distracted Mr. Pigott, Renee produced a hammer. She smashed the
man over the head eight times before he fall to ground. The other two girls
kicked him before they all dragged him over the stop bank and into the river.
After dumping the body, they stole Kenneth Pigott's car and took it joy riding
around the streets of Waitara, visiting friends and even tooting as they drove
past the police station.
After dropping Puti Maxwell at home the other two girls headed toward Palmerston
North, finally abandoning the vehicle several hours away from Waitara north of
Kenneth Pigott body was found the following afternoon on the 11th March 2002.
All three girls were arrested and have since appeared in court: Kararaine Makere
Te Rauna, pled guilty to manslaughter on 26th August and has been sentenced to 8
years and 9 months jail Puti Irene Heather Maxwell pled guilty to manslaughter
Renee Kara O’Brien was charged with murder and was found guilty only three hours
after the jury left the court. She hung her head during the trail and hid her
face throughout the proceeding.