Accused attacker to represent himself

William Murphy, aka Rangatira Wiremu John Murphy. Photo / NZ Herald
William Murphy, aka Rangatira Wiremu John Murphy. Photo / NZ Herald

The man accused of attacking elderly women in their homes will represent himself in court.

William John Murphy, 36, faces a number of charges in relation to attacks on elderly Auckland women earlier this year.

Murphy appeared in Auckland District Court for a plea evaluation hearing this afternoon by audio visual link from prison.

Lawyer Mina Wharepouri told Judge Brooke Gibson that he had spoken to Murphy and was told he wanted to represent himself.

"He does not believe that there is a lawyer that can represent him any better than he can himself.''

However, Mr Wharepouri said Murphy did require help in understanding court processes.

Asked by Judge Gibson whether he wished to deny the charges, Murphy replied: "I don't want to answer that question at the moment.''

Judge Gibson: "Do you plead not guilty?''

Murphy: "I'm just maintaining common ground at the moment.''

Judge Gibson appointed Mr Wharepouri as an amicus curiae to provide Murphy with legal advice in his case.

"He will assist you in the way you have indicated to the court that you need assistance.''

He was remanded in custody to appear again in October.

In earlier appearances, Murphy refused to confirm his identity, and asked that the court refer to him as Rangatira Wiremu John Murphy.

- APNZ

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