Patrice Dougan

Patrice Dougan is a NZME. News Service reporter based in Auckland.

Guilty pleas over killing of Auckland man

Two men have pleaded guilty to killing a 48-year-old man in the Auckland suburb of Mt Albert last year.

Trevor Tafutu, 35, and Simona Liatoa, 34, are charged with unlawfully causing the death of Michael Roberts, also known as Michael Lance Rapata, who died after an assault on February 11.

The pair both entered guilty pleas to a charge of manslaughter in the High Court in Auckland this afternoon.

They also pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and male assaults female.

Tafutu and Liatoa were remanded in custody until sentencing in April.


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