|Michael Peter James Kaine|
You will notice, this man is accused of murdering someone he "thought" was a pedophile, and yet they blur out his face, but if this was a man accused of a sex crime, his face would not be blurred out.
By STEPHEN RYAN
The man accused of murdering Waratah pensioner [name withheld] was described by police as a self-styled vigilante who mistakenly believed that Mr [name withheld] was a paedophile, court documents stated.
Michael Peter James Kaine, 48, faced Newcastle Local Court yesterday after he was arrested in Mount Gambier, South Australia, on December 22 and extradited to NSW on December 28.
A warrant was issued for Mr Kaine’s arrest on December 16 when investigators believed that he had travelled to Victoria, the warrant stated.
Mr [name withheld], 62, was found bashed and stabbed in his Platt Street unit on October 4.
Police allege he was murdered some time between 5pm and 8pm the night before.
Mr Kaine, formerly of Everton Street, Hamilton, did not apply for bail and did not enter pleas to murder and damaging property.
He was described by police as allegedly being a ‘‘dangerous criminal’’ accused of committing a ‘‘heinous’’ crime, the arrest warrant stated.
The warrant also alleged Mr Kaine was ‘‘a self-styled vigilante’’ who allegedly murdered a person he mistakenly regarded as a paedophile.
The warrant further stated that the alleged crime, ‘‘Is all the more reprehensible for the fact that the deceased, [name withheld], was not a paedophile’’.
Mr [name withheld] was described as being a ‘‘frail, elderly and possibly gay gentleman’’ who generously loaned money to people in need, the warrant said.
Police alleged that a female may have accused Mr [name withheld] of being a paedophile during a heated argument with another person who was a friend of Mr [name withheld]’s.
Mr Kaine is also accused of smashing a window at Mr [name withheld]’s home on the night of August 1 and 2 last year.
Mr [name withheld] was found dead in the only bedroom of his home by a neighbour on October 4.
Police alleged that Mr Kaine left Newcastle on December 1 after becoming aware that he was under investigation for the murder, the warrant stated.
The case was adjourned to March.