Ongarue murder-accused pleads not guilty

Last updated 12:16 03/12/2013

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An Ongarue shearer charged with the murder of a horseman near Taumarunui has been further remanded in custody.

Benjamin Wikaira, 57, appeared in the High Court in Hamilton today and pleaded not guilty to murdering Nicora Wikaira, a man understood to be his brother.

Nicora Wikaira's body was found buried in a shallow grave after he was shot and killed at a property in Ongarue, 23 kilometres north of Taumarunui.

Wikaira was further remanded in custody by Justice Mary Peters for a psychiatrist's report to be finalised.

He will reappear in two weeks.

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