Man pleads not guilty to murder over baby's death in Ōtara

10:35 am on 2 December 2020

A man has pleaded not guilty to murdering a five-month-old baby in the South Auckland suburb of Ōtara.

Exterior of the High Court in Auckland

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

He appeared in the Auckland High Court before Justice Sally Fitzgerald today, and has interim name suppression.

His lawyer, Julie-Anne Kincade QC, told Justice Fitzgerald the man's family had planned to be in the courtroom but had travelled to the wrong court.

The baby was found dead at a property on Sandbrook Avenue in October this year.

A name suppression hearing is set down for next year.