Kimura murder accused plead not guilty


The four men charged with murdering Tauranga businessman Gary Kimura pleaded not guilty at a trial arraignment in Rotorua High  Court today.

A two-week trial for the group was set down for February 11, 2013 in the Hamilton High Court.

Of the accused Jesse Christopher Hartley, 27, of Mount Maunganui was further remanded on bail.

Taonui Hiku, 25, and Witeri Ahomiro Neketai, 34, both unemployed from Te Puke, and Joseph Rewiri, 44, from Auckland, were remanded in custody.

The murder charge relates to a serious assault on 44-year-old Kimura at his Margaret Road home on October 5, 2011, and subsequent death in Tauranga Hospital on November 16.


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