1 Apr 2010

Frustration as marae deaths case adjourned again

12:00 am on 1 April 2010

There have been tense scenes at court between the family of a man killed while working on a South Auckland marae and one of those accused of being responsible.

Marsh Peihopa and Waepeke Tupaea were crushed to death in June 2009 when a bulldozer slid into the building they were working in, causing it to collapse.

Deon Williams and the company Wiremu Asphalt Contractors appeared before the Manukau District Court for the second time on Wednesday facing four charges of failing to ensure the safety of the workplace and their employees.

The appearance was brief, with Mr Williams' lawyer requesting an adjournment.

Outside the courtroom family members gathered around Mr Williams, staring at him and speaking to him angrily before security stepped in.

An uncle of one of the men who was killed says he and his family are frustrated at coming all the way to court - some from as far away as Kaitaia in Northland - only for the case to be adjourned again.

He said he and his family want justice for the lives lost and ruined.

Mr Williams and Wiremu Asphalt Contractors are due to reappear in court in May.