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Bay of Plenty man denies partner's murder

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/09/2016

A man has denied murdering his partner after her body was found at a house north of Taupo earlier this year.

James William Manoua Te Hiko, 44, appeared in the High Court at Rotorua on Wednesday, where he entered a not guilty plea to murdering Queenie Salina Thompson.

The 41-year-old's body was found at a marae near Atiamuru in April.

Te Hiko was remanded in custody after Justice Timothy Brewer set a trial date of March 20.

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