Two men charged with the murder of Clayton Ratima have pleaded not guilty and are set to go to trial next year.

Denis Robert Henry Solomon, 31, and another 32-year-old man who has interim name suppression appeared at the High Court at Auckland this morning. Both denied a charge of murder.

On February 21, Clayton Ratima, 24, was admitted to Middlemore Hospital with injuries consistent with having been severely assaulted.

He died three days later.

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Detectives appealed for information from anyone at the Tribesmen Motorcycle Gang headquarters in Berrit Pl, Otara, early on February 21.

A three-week trial for the two defendants was set down for September next year and a bail application will be heard next week.