Luke Tipene murder-accused gets retrial date

  • 23/09/2015
Luke Tipene (file)
Luke Tipene (file)

The man accused of murdering a promising rugby league player is set to face a second trial on November after a jury was unable to decide on his guilt.

Vincent Skeen, 17, last month stood trial accused of the murder of Luke Tipene during a street brawl in West Auckland last year.

The jury was unable to decide on the matter after two days of deliberation in early September and he now faces a retrial.

Skeen again appeared in the High Court at Auckland this morning, where Justice Timothy Brewer set a tentative date for a second trial in November, to be confirmed later in the week.

If that date falls through, the retrial won't proceed until July next year.

Mr Tipene was a rising rugby league star, who was named the Auckland Rugby League's under-17 player of the year and was part of the New Zealand Warriors' development programme.

Skeen has been remanded in custody.

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