Not guilty pleas

Not guilty pleas have been entered for the alleged murder of Opotiki man Brian Hilton.

A 50 year-old man appeared in the High Court at Tauranga, entering his not guilty plea and was assigned a trial date.

Hilton was found lying on the floor of his home on July 7th in 2016.

He had suffered facial injuries, from what was believed to be the results of a fall and died six days later.

Police initially classed the death as an accident, but late last year the case was reopened as new evidence came to light.

A homicide investigation was launched, with a 50 year-old Opotiki man arrested and charged.

The trial will commence on July 13th 2020.

Sam Gardner