The body of a homeless Auckland man was carried to hospital hours after his death by his desperate friend, the High Court at Auckland has heard.
Dunn has pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of Teina Pehi Wharawhara, 42. Wharawhara was carried to Auckland City Hospital after his lifeless body was found in Grafton's Outhwaite Park on the night of November 10 last year.
The Crown says Dunn, Wharawhara and a group of other men were drinking heavily at the park after arriving about 8pm. Crown prosecutor Jo Murdoch told jurors that after a dispute about a mobile phone, Dunn had slapped Wharawhara across the face and told him to "stop moaning". The force of the slap caused Wharawhara to fall off his seat. He got back up, but the assault continued, with Dunn punching Wharawhara around the head multiple times, Murdoch said. "Mr Wharawhara fell to the ground where Mr Dunn proceeded to kick him to the head."
When Dunn was located by police in the early hours of the following morning, after he returned to the park, he denied knowing Wharawhara or ever having been to Outhwaite Park, jurors were told. Wharawhara's blood was found on Dunn's clothes, and CCTV footage would show Dunn was at the park that night, she said.
Dunn's lawyer Sam Wimsett told jurors that his client admitted punching Wharawhara but said it was in self defence. "When Mr Dunn left the park Mr Wharawhara was alive.
Date of Birth
1968 (D.O.B. is approximate)
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OFFENCES / CONVICTIONS
|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|26-10-2016||Sentencing||High Court Auckland||Manslaughter||10-11-2015||7 Years, 6 Months, Imprisonment||▼|