Kimura murder trial adjourned

By Sandra Conchie


The start of a High Court jury trial for four men charged with the murder of Tauranga man Gary Kimura in 2011 has been adjourned for two days.

Jesse Christopher Hartley, 28 of Mount Maunganui, Taonui Hiku, 26 and Witeri Ahomiro Neketai, 35, both unemployed from Te Puke, and Joseph Rewiri, 44, from Auckland were set to defend the murder charge in the High Court at Hamilton today.

But before the jury was selected Neketai's lawyers Rob Stevens and Glenn Dixon sought an adjournment to the start of the trial which Justice Edwin Wylie granted for two days at this stage.

Why the adjournment was granted cannot be revealed for legal reasons.

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

- BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

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