Woman pleads not guilty over toddler's murder

By Brendan Manning

Terepo Taura-Griffiths died of head injuries in late 2011. Photo / Supplied
Terepo Taura-Griffiths died of head injuries in late 2011. Photo / Supplied

A woman charged with murdering her godson has formally entered a not guilty plea at an appearance in the High Court at Auckland.

Mariam Tohuia Filihia was charged with murder and grievous bodily harm following the death of 1-year-old Terepo "Popo'' Taura-Griffiths in south Auckland in November, 2011.

A post-mortem examination revealed Terepo died from a fracture to the rear of his head and a massive brain bleed.

Filihia is the sister of slain police officer Kali Fungavaka, who died after being allegedly assaulted by two policemen then by another prisoner after being put in a Tongan police cell in August last year.

Filihia's trial is set down for five weeks and is expected to start tomorrow, following the empanelling of a jury today.

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