One of the teenagers charged in relation to the death of Flaxmere man Kelly Donner has pleaded guilty.
The 15-year-old male, who cannot be named, appeared before Judge Max Courtney in the Hastings Youth Court this morning.
His defence lawyer Roger Philip told the court the teenager did not deny the two charges before him, one of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and a burglary charge.
The teenager was one of five youth charged in relation to the death of Donner, who was found dead on March 4 in the carpark of the Flax Bar and Eatery in Swansea Rd, next to the Flaxmere Village Shopping Centre.
The defendant was one of a group of one female and three males, aged 14 to 16, who were arrested and charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on March 16.
At the time police said they were seeking a fifth youth in relation to the matter and on April 6 they arrested a 14-year-old male, who is now before the High Court facing one charge of murder.
The 15-year-old was supported by a large contingent of family members who sat in the public gallery this morning.
Judge Courtney ordered a family group conference and remanded the teenager in custody to next appear in court on June 14.
One of the other male teenagers charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm pleaded not guilty this morning.
The 16-year-old entered no plea to a charge of burglary.
He was remanded in custody to next appear on May 31, when the remaining two teenagers before the Hastings Youth Court are also expected to appear.