The start of a High Court jury trial for four men charged with the murder of Tauranga man Gary Kimura in 2011 has been rescheduled and will now take place in four months.
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 joint murder charge in the High Court at Hamilton this week.
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.
On Monday, before the jury was selected, Neketai's lawyers successfully sought an adjournment to the start of the trial which Justice Edwin Wylie granted for two days.
The trial was abandoned on Wednesday for legal reasons that cannot be revealed, and the two-week trial is now rescheduled to start in the same court on June 17.