Murder accused appears in court

Last updated 10:34 11/06/2014
Maqbool Hussain
Maqbool Hussain pictured in February 2014.
Maqbool Hussain
HAPPIER TIMES: Maqbool Hussain with his daughter, a decade ago.

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The man accused of murdering homeless man Maqbool Hussain appeared in the High Court in Auckland today for a hearing to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to prove he was physically responsible for the Aucklander's death.

Justin Vance Turner was charged this year.

Hussain, 49, originally from Pakistan, was found dead in a temporary squat in Balmoral, Auckland, on March 24.
Police said he died by "violent" means.

Justice Rebecca Ellis suppressed the details of today's hearing and her decision on whether there was sufficient evidence against Turner to establish whether he caused Hussain's death.

According to the Criminal Procedure (Mentally Impaired Persons) Act 2003, the court could not make a finding about unfitness to stand trial unless satisfied, on the balance of probabilities, that the evidence against the defendant was sufficient to establish they caused the act that formed the basis of the charge.

Turner was arrested in Taupo on April 1 and plead not guilty that month.

His next appearance is set down for July 16.

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