Sleepout murder accused to go on trial next year

By Edward Gay

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A man accused of murdering a man in in his south Auckland sleepout will go on trial next year.

Kaveinga Helotu Lavemai, 27, appeared in the High Court at Auckland today where his lawyer Herman Retzlaff entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

The trial has been set down for four weeks in February next year.

Justice Graham Lang remanded Lavemai in custody.

Richard Lees' body was found by police in a Manurewa sleepout in October last year.

A post-mortem examination revealed he died of head injuries.


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