Mur­der charge laid

The Dominion Post - - News -

A man has been charged with mur­der fol­low­ing the death of Auck­land man So­siua Helotu Ula in Porirua last month. A 31-year-old Porirua man ap­peared by an au­dio vis­ual link from Rimu­taka Prison in the Porirua District Court yes­ter­day where he was fur­ther re­manded in cus­tody un­til an ap­pear­ance in the High Court at Welling­ton on De­cem­ber 3. He was also charged with con­spir­ing to sup­ply metham­phetamine. Judge Bill Hast­ings granted an ap­pli­ca­tion for in­terim name sup­pres­sion to con­tinue un­til his next ap­pear­ance de­spite op­po­si­tion from po­lice. Po­lice have pre­vi­ously said that Ula, 19, was found with crit­i­cal in­juries af­ter fall­ing from a Mercedes on Porirua’s War­spite Ave on Oc­to­ber 7. His death two days later trig­gered a po­lice homi­cide in­quiry. De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Chris­ti­aan Barnard said a to­tal of three peo­ple now have court ap­pear­ances.

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