8 Aug 2018

Pair charged with murder enter not guilty pleas

11:20 am on 8 August 2018

The man and woman charged with the murder of a Māngere teenager have entered not guilty pleas through their lawyers.

Police are conducting a homicide investigation after a teenager's death at Buckland Road, Mangere.

The site where police conducted a homicide investigation after Demetrius Pairama's death at Buckland Road, Mangere. Photo: RNZ

A 28-year-old woman and 24-year-old man appeared at the High Court in Auckland today where Justice Moore continued name suppression for the pair on security grounds.

The woman's lawyer had argued for name suppression on the grounds of safety for his client and others in a previous court session.

Through their lawyers both accused entered not guilty pleas to murder, and another hearing is due in October.

The body of Demetrius Pairama was found at an empty Housing New Zealand house in Māngere last month.

Police said a post mortem examination indicated Ms Pairama died the day before her body was found.

They said she was a vulnerable female.