Teen admits manslaughter charge

A teenager has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for his role in the death of a man who was found injured in a Sumner carpark in March 2017 and later died in hospital.

Moses Eli Hurrell was aged 16 at the time of the incident in which Pierclaudio Raviola died and originally had name suppression because of his age. That order was lifted after three months.

The youth, now aged 17, had been due to stand trial for murder in the High Court at Christchurch next month, until the Crown agreed to accept a plea to manslaughter at a pre-trial session before Justice David Gendall.

Hurrell admitted that charge and another of burglary today and was remanded in custody for sentencing on September 10, before the murder trial for two alleged co-offenders is due to begin.

The charges allege the unlawful act that constituted manslaughter occurred between March 23 and March 26, 2017, and the burglary of a property in Mathesons Road, Phillipstown, occurred on March 23.

Justice Gendall suppressed the summary of facts ahead of the trial and ordered a pre-sentence report and a report on cultural factors for Hurrell’s sentencing.

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