Manslaughter accused bailed
A 20-year-old man charged with manslaughter after an alleged bashing victim died in hospital, has been remanded on bail after a brief court appearance in Christchurch today.
Taele Victor Faletolu, an assembler from Shirley, was originally charged with intentionally injuring Alfred Utapu Waterhouse after an incident outside a New Brighton party in the early hours of March 2.
Waterhouse was admitted to Christchurch Hospital's intensive care unit with critical injuries and died on March 9.
Faletolu was remanded on bail without plea on the injuring charge, but since then the police have laid the manslaughter charge.
In the Christchurch District Court today defence counsel Bridget Ayrey asked for the remand on the new charge to a pre-trial call-over, which will be in the High Court because of the increased seriousness of the charge.
Judge Stephen O'Driscoll granted bail for the remand to April 16.