26 Oct 2021

Ōtorohanga killing: Accused plead not guilty

10:14 am on 26 October 2021

Two men accused of killing a man in the main street of Ōtorohanga earlier this month have pleaded not guilty

18072016 Photo: Rebekah Parsons-King. Wellington High Court.

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The men, aged 30 and 38 appeared in the High Court at Hamilton this morning each on a charge of murder.

The 30 year old is also charged with assaulting another man using a hammer as a weapon.

Anthony Bell, 34, from Te Kuiti died after being attacked on the forecourt of a service station in the King Country town.

The two accused have interim name suppression through to a hearing next month to decide if it will continue. They will also be seeking bail at that hearing.

Justice Lang remanded the two in custody and set a trial date for October next year.