24 Sep 2014

Expert reports awaited in Kumar case

12:02 pm on 24 September 2014

Lawyers for two boys charged with killing a west Auckland dairy owner say their trial may not be able to go ahead in November as scheduled.

Arun Kumar.

Arun Kumar. Photo: SUPPLIED

Arun Kumar, 57, died of stab wounds in his Henderson dairy after being attacked in June.

Two boys, aged 13 and 12, have name suppression and have denied charges of murder and manslaughter respectively.

Their lawyers told the High Court in Auckland today they are waiting for reports from experts and the Crown is planning to call 50 witnesses.

They said that could push the trial out to seven weeks instead of the three weeks allocated.

Justice Brewer said it was in the interests of justice to have the trial heard as soon as possible.

The case is due back in court next month.

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