4 Dec 2014

Jury in park murder trial deliberates

4:42 pm on 4 December 2014

A jury is considering its verdict in the trial of an Auckland man accused of murdering his friend in a central city park.

Steven Harris, 54, was found stabbed in Myers Park in September last year, and died soon afterwards.

Grenville Henare Fahey, 50, denies a charge of murder and has been representing himself during the trial at the High Court in Auckland.

The Crown alleges that the homeless pair had spent a lot of time together before the event and that Mr Fahey stabbed Mr Harris following an argument they had after getting pizzas on Queen Street.

In his summing up today, Justice Lang told jurors doctors said Steven Harris suffered four stab wounds which led to a punctured lung and damaged his heart. He died as he was being treated in hospital.

The judge said Mr Fahey had not contested inflicting the fatal stab wounds, but had not admitted it either.

The defence said a fight between the two friends was sudden and unexpected, but the Crown said Mr Fahey was carrying the knife before Mr Harris was attacked.

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