24 Aug 2013

Trial date set for men accused of manslaughter of NZ police officer

10:17 am on 24 August 2013

The Supreme Court in Tonga has set a trial date for the men accused of the manslaughter of a New Zealand police officer.

Kali Fungavaka died in August last year from injuries received while in police custody.

The six accused, including five police officers, are each charged with manslaughter and an alternative charge of grievous bodily harm.

At a pre-trial conference on Friday, a Supreme Court judge set the trial to begin on March 31st next year and it is expected to take five to six weeks.

Five of the accused have elected to be tried before a judge, while one has opted for a trial before a judge and jury.