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Charges laid over 2011 fatal fall

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 25/10/2016

Five years after a coroner ruled out foul play in the death of Hawera man Bruce Mouat, a person has been charged over the death.

The 48-year-old mountaineer and leader of the Taranaki Alpine and Cliff Rescue team died in Wellington Hospital 11 days after suffering blunt force trauma to his head falling down five concrete stairs at his home.

Coroner Tim Scott ruled in February 2012 that there was no foul play in Mr Mouat's death, which occurred after he returned home drunk on July 16, 2011.

But police confirmed on Wednesday that on October 19 a person appeared in the Hastings District Court charged with manslaughter in relation to the death.

The person was granted interim name suppression and was remanded on bail to appear in the High Court at New Plymouth on November 8.

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