Kiwi stabbed to death in UK

  • 12/09/2015
David Savage (Facebook)
David Savage (Facebook)

The family of a New Zealand man stabbed to death in a quiet suburban street near his home in northern England have spoken about their loss.

David Savage, 42, who grew up in Waikato, died in hospital after being stabbed in the chest in Park Avenue, Gosforth, Newcastle about 5.45am on September 5, according to a statement by Northumbria police.

Mr Savage's family have released a statement through police, saying he grew up in idyllic surroundings in New Zealand but as a young man wanted to explore the world.

"His mother was British and as he had dual citizenship, he eventually decided to settle in England.

"He took well to living in the north east as he found people here were warm and welcoming," the statement says.

He was a committed partner to Donna and his children, Jak and Erin, and was well known in the area where he ran a business.

"We are all devastated by his death but his two beautiful children will help get us all through this. Donna will raise Jak and Erin in a way that will make their daddy proud," the statement says.

A 17-year-old male made his first appearance at Newcastle Crown Court charged with Mr Savage's murder on Tuesday, chroniclelive.co.uk reports.

He has been remanded in custody and his lawyer says he denies the charge.

A crowdfunding page has been set up to help the family.

NZN