NZ man faces trial for Brisbane road rage death

  • 21/11/2016
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A New Zealander accused of killing a man during a roadside scuffle alongside a Brisbane motorway will stand trial for manslaughter.

Tamate Henry Heke was originally charged with the murder of Shane Merrigan, 50, who died after he was allegedly pushed into the path of an oncoming truck at Eight Mile Plains in December 2015.

Heke appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday when the murder charge was downgraded to the lesser charges of manslaughter and unlawful striking causing death.

The father-of-three did not enter a plea but was committed to stand trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court at a later date.

Magistrate Anthony Gett renewed Heke's bail but rejected his application to allow him to drive.

Defence lawyer Adam Magill had argued the restriction had "essentially become unworkable" for Heke because it prevented him from getting a job.

It is alleged Heke pushed Mr Merrigan during a confrontation stemming from a road rage incident on the Gateway Motorway.

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