Tawa killing trial due to begin

  • 31/08/2015
(Jared Mason)
(Jared Mason)

The trial of a man accused of killing a man found badly beaten as people celebrated Christmas parties around him is to start in Wellington.

Cruz Mason Murray is accused of the manslaughter of 49-year-old Bruce Coker in the suburb of Tawa in December last year.

His trial will start in the High Court at Wellington today.

The 26-year-old was originally charged with assault. That was upgraded to murder, which was then reduced to manslaughter.

Mr Coker was found lying in Rossiter Street, where there had been a number of Christmas parties, on the night of December 20 and he died in Wellington Hospital three days later.