Man charged with murdering Delia Williams pleads not guilty
The man charged with murdering Delia Williams in the Wellington suburb of Northland has pleaded not guilty.
The 58-year-old man was charged with murdering Delia Grace Williams, driving with an excess breath alcohol level of 510 micrograms, and assault using a motor vehicle as a weapon. All charges date from March 15, 2016.
He pleaded not guilty to all charges, although the drink-driving charge had to be put to him twice to clarify his plea at the High Court in Wellington on Monday.
Williams, 55, died in Garden Rd, Northland, in the driveway of a house she was visiting.
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Judith Ablett-Kerr, QC, represented the defendant in court on Monday. Kate Feltham appeared for the Crown.
Justice Simon France suppressed some details of the hearing. The defendant's name was suppressed in the meantime. He was remanded in custody to July 13.
Williams was well known in Wellington art circles. Until the early 2000s, she had been a fixture in Wellington's art world, first with a gallery beneath the Peter McLeavey Gallery in Cuba St, then later with a gallery above the Matterhorn in Cuba Mall.