BOP murder accused denies charges

The alleged offender appeared via AVL in the High Court at Tauranga. File Image.

A man accused of a Bay of Plenty murder is denying the charges.

Wilson Wirihana is facing a charge of murder and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in relation to the death of Wipatene Mason.

The 35-year-old appeared via audio visual link in the High Court at Tauranga this morning.

The accused was arrested following the death of Wipatene in Nukuhou, Eastern Bay of Plenty, on December 26.

A police spokesperson says they laid the murder charge against Wirihana on Tuesday, January 26.

"Enquiries into Mr Mason's death are ongoing and Police would like to hear from anyone who has not yet spoken to us and knows anything that may be useful to our investigation."

Anyone with information should call Police on 105, quoting file number 201224/5429.

During his appearance today, Wirihana’s lawyer Rebekah Webby entered two not guilty pleas on his behalf.

A case review hearing for Wirihana has been set for April 16 this year.

He will go to trial on March 7, 2022, at the High Court at Rotorua.       

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