Four men charged over the death of a man in Manurewa’s Jellicoe Park have pleaded not guilty.
A 21-year-old man – who can’t be named – died after what police called a “random and unprovoked attack” in October.
Two men in their 20s have since been charged with murder and another two men charged with aggravated robbery.
All four appeared in the High Court at Auckland this morning where not guilty pleas were entered to each of the charges.
The victim’s whānau filled the public gallery as a Samoan interpreter translated the legal proceeding for the defendants.
The Crown sought interim suppression of the victim’s name on behalf of his family – saying they were dealing with extreme grief.
The men will go to trial next year.