Manslaughter plea delayed

High Court-panoply1A plea on a manslaughter charge against a 20-year-old Christchurch man who appeared on remand before the High Court at Christchurch today has been delayed.

Justice Graham Panckhurst granted the further remand on bail without plea at a pre-trial session where Taele Victor Faletolu would normally have been asked to enter a plea.

The judge said he would not require a plea while there were still “matters under consideration in relation to the summary of facts”.

Faletolu is charged with the manslaughter of Alfred Utapu Waterhouse, who died in Christchurch Hospital on March 9, a week after he was allegedly assaulted outside a New Brighton party.

By the time of the death, Faletolu had already been charged with injuring with intent to injure, which has now been replaced with the manslaughter charge and withdrawn.

Faletolu was remanded to the next High Court pre-trial session on May 22.


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