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Hit-and-run accused pleads guilty

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/03/2017

A 21-year-old Te Kuiti man accused of fatally hitting Otorohanga teen Ocean Heke while driving drunk and then fleeing has pleaded guilty to causing her death.

Broc Kawhena pleaded guilty to causing the 17-year-year-old's death while driving when he appeared at the High Court at Hamilton on Tuesday.

The Crown will withdraw a charge of manslaughter he had earlier faced.

Ms Heke , also known as Lovey, was found dead on the side of State Highway 3 following a birthday party in April.

Kawhena will be sentenced on May 25.

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