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Alleged killer of Hamilton man named

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/01/2017

<span style="font-size:13px;">Tama Retimana's body was discovered by a kayaker in the Waikato River on December 27</span> © NZ Police Tama Retimana's body was discovered by a kayaker in the Waikato River on December 27 A man accused of causing the death of a homeless man in Hamilton last month can now named.

Neville Harris, 48, has been charged with the manslaughter of Tama Retimana whose body was discovered by a kayaker in the Waikato River on December 27.

Post-mortem results showed the father of two had been assaulted, suffering facial injuries, before he drowned in the river.

Police had pieced together Mr Retimana's final movements, including reviewing CCTV footage from the city and speaking with those who knew him before arresting Harris.

Camp site  belonging to Tama Retimana. © Supplied/NZ Police Camp site belonging to Tama Retimana. The charge states that he "caused the death of Tama Hurinui Retimana by causing him, by fear of violence, to do an act which caused his death, and thereby committed manslaughter" on December 24.

The 29-year-old had been living in a campsite with his partner on the edges of the river at Pine Beach, off River Road.

Harris has entered a plea of not guilty to the charge and has elected to face trial by jury in May.

He was further remanded in custody to reappear in court on April 11.

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