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.


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.