Not guilty plea over homeless Auckland man’s death

  • 17/12/2015

A man accused of attacking and killing a homeless Auckland man has pleaded not guilty.

Teina Pehi Wharawhara, 42, died in Auckland Hospital in November after fellow homeless men dragged him there from nearby Outhwaite Park in Grafton.

Darrell Edward James Dunn, 47, is charged with his manslaughter.

He appeared in the High Court at Auckland today, where he entered a not guilty plea and a suppression on his name lapsed.

Mr Wharawhara was allegedly assaulted on the night of November 11 and about two hours later his friend went to the emergency department saying an ambulance should be sent.

But the ambulance service said an ambulance couldn't be sent because there was no specific location for it to go to.

The accused was originally charged with assault, but this was upgraded to manslaughter this month.

A trial date has been set for September next year.

Dunn has been remanded in custody until February.