Man admits killing Christchurch father

Last updated 09:52 22/05/2014
Utupo Alfred Waterhouse

DIED AFTER ASSAULT: Utupo Alfred Waterhouse, 20, with daughters Pula, left, and Leone right.

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A 20-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of a young Christchurch father.

Taele Victor Faletolu entered his plea this morning in the Christchurch High Court over the death of Utupo Alfred Waterhouse, 20.

Waterhouse, who was married with two children, died in hospital on March 9, a week after he was assaulted outside a New Brighton party.

He married Lepona Sitagata Waterhouse when he was 17. 

She was eight months pregnant with daughter Leone at the time, and later they had a second daughter, Pula.

Justice Rachel Dunningham remanded Faletolu on bail while disputed facts regarding the incident were considered.

Dunningham said there could be a "reasonable amount of time" before he was sentenced, and in that time Faletolu could remain working while on bail.

Faletolu had already made some compensation toward Waterhouse's family, and if he continued working he could make further compensation.

He will reappear on a nominal date of July 10.

Faletolu was initially charged with injuring to intent to injure following the assault, but after Waterhouse's death police increased the charge to manslaughter.

A second man, aged 30, has also been charged with assault over the incident. 

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