Elderly neighbour's death 'complex'

Last updated 11:21 07/11/2012

Relevant offers


Errors meant prisoner was wrongly allowed out on release to work Timaru man jailed for beating partner while on bail Lambton Quay reopened after army robot blows up suspicious package Elderly Lower Hutt burglary victim warmed by schoolchildren's donations 'No eureka moment' from Australian govt on deportation rules - Andrew Little Rural Hawke's Bay community's CCTV initiative helps nab thieves Invercargill Night 'n Day stores targeted by robbers Shellfish ring busted in the Bay of Plenty 'Tindall-gate' case could have implications for Wikileaks, downloaders and hackers Nine-year-old girl in hospital after hit and run in Christchurch

A scuffle that ended with the death of a 78-year-old man is a "complex" matter, the High Court has heard. 

Emanu Toafiga, 62, is charged with the manslaughter of his 78-year-old neighbour Leslie Otto.

He allegedly bashed the pensioner in April after Otto attacked him.

Defence lawyer Steve Cullen said it was case of Otto creeping up behind Toafiga and attacking him with a crow bar.

The two men both lived in a block of units in Waterview.

During the scuffle, Otto hit his head on the ground.

Cullen said Otto developed pneumonia in hospital and was seen pulling his tubes out.

He died three weeks later.

Cullen asked for an adjournment while the complex issue of "causation" was investigated.

Justice Pamela Andrews agreed and adjourned the case for four weeks.

Neighbours described Otto as a quiet man who had lived at the property for about a decade.

Ad Feedback

- Auckland Now

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content