The identity of the 21-year-old accused of causing the death of a Te Puke homeless man can now be revealed.

Name suppression lapsed for Jayden Stuart Long in Tauranga District Court today.

Long earlier pleaded not guilty to a charge of reckless driving causing the death of 56-year-old Roy Harley Taylor in May this year and elected trial by jury.

Taylor's body was found by a member of the public in a grass reserve behind the Te Puke Memorial Hall and Te Puke Library about 4pm on May 10.


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Long's lawyer David Pawson told Judge John McDonald there were no hardship grounds on which he could further argue for his client's identity to be kept a secret.

Judge McDonald lifted the suppression order and further remanded Long on bail to next appear in court on December 13 for a case review hearing.