Murder-accused will defend himself

23:46, Nov 26 2013
Steven Harris
VICTIM: Steven Harris died after being attacked.

A man accused of stabbing a homeless man to death in a Central Auckland park has fired his lawyer and will defend himself.

Grenville Kookie Fahey, 48, was charged with one count of murder after 54-year-old Steven Harris was found with severe knife wounds in Myers Park on September 4.

Harris later died in hospital.

Fahey appeared in the High Court at Auckland today where he told Justice Timothy Brewer he had had "bad communication" with his lawyer Ron Mansfield and wanted to represent himself.

Justice Brewer asked if he was sure, saying, though it was his right, defending oneself "almost always came to grief".

"The court room is no place to learn to defend yourself," the judge said.

Fahey said: "At this stage I'm happy to proceed by myself." 

Mansfield then told the court he would withdraw from the case.

A three-week trial is set down for September 29, 2014.

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