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 of Te Puke, and Joseph Rewiri, 44, of Auckland, were set to defend the murder charge in the High Court at Hamilton yesterday.
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.
Why the adjournment was granted cannot be revealed for legal reasons.
The murder charge relates to a serious assault on Gary Clayton Kimura, 44, on October 5, 2011 and subsequent death in Tauranga Hospital on November 16.