Hit-and-run accused to fight murder charge

IAN STEWARD
Last updated 10:14 08/05/2013

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An Auckland man charged with murder in connection with a fatal hit-and-run will fight the charge.

The 24-year-old Pt Chevalier resident appeared in the High Court at Auckland today where he pleaded not guilty to a charge of murdering Uilisuni Ofa in Waterview on November 14, 2011.

Ofa died after he was hit by a car on Great North Rd, near Oakley Ave, about 1.20am. The silver Subaru police believe struck and killed Ofa was later found at a property in Pt Chevalier.

The man arrested, whose occupation was listed as storeperson, was initially given a "holding" charge of common assault. He was granted interim name suppression at an earlier court appearance.

Today, Crown prosecutor Aaron Perkins said two other people were going through the District Court charged with being accessories to the murder after the fact. They would probably be joined to the murder-accused's case and tried together, he said.

The murder-accused was remanded in custody ahead of a four-week trial beginning on March 10, 2014.

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