Man admits killing woman in domestic dispute

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Tangi for Patricia Anne McGrath, at Korokota Marae. Photo / Michael Cunningham
Tangi for Patricia Anne McGrath, at Korokota Marae. Photo / Michael Cunningham

A Whangarei man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of a mother of two during a domestic dispute.

Phillip Andre Mahanga, 33, entered his plea in the High Court at Whangarei today and was remanded in custody until July 26 for sentencing.

Mahanga assaulted Patricia Anne McGrath, 34, who was taken to the Whangarei Hospital on January 4 after suffering head injuries during an assault in her Fairway Dr, Kamo, home the night before.

Ms McGrath- who has two children, aged 15 and 12 - was taken off life support two days after she was assaulted and she died on January 8.

Her death sparked large anti-domestic violence marches through Northland.

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