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Attempted murder trial under way

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/05/2017
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The trial of a man who was shot and tasered by police after he allegedly slit a woman's throat has begun in the High Court in Wellington on Monday.

Ruka Hemopo faces charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and attempted murder, which comes with an associated charge of wounding with intent to injure.

They relate to an attack in a Penguin Grove, Porirua, home in May 2013, in which two women and Hemopo were injured.

Hemopo has pleaded not guilty.

After the jury was selected on Monday morning, Crown prosecutor Dale La Hood outlined the serious injuries suffered by the two women, who have name suppression, and Hemopo.

Hemopo and one of the women both had their throats cut.

Mr La Hood said it would be the Crown's intention to show Hemopo caused those injuries, to the women and himself.

Hemopo's defence lawyer, Quentin Duff, opened by saying "everyone reacted to type and their life experience" on that night in Penguin Grove and evidence would show Hemopo did not attack the two women.

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