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Man charged over Otorohanga death named

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/04/2016

A young man accused of fatally hitting a teenager with a car before driving away has pleaded not guilty to causing her death.

Broc Kawhena has been accused of killing Ocean Heke, 17, after she was found dead by the side of State Highway 3 in Otorohanga on April 3.

A post-mortem indicated that her injuries were consistent with being a car crash victim.

While the 21-year-old was not in the High Court at Hamilton on Tuesday, his lawyer entered the not guilty plea on his behalf charged with manslaughter and driving under the influence, causing death.

Kawhena will reappear in June and is due to stand trial in November.

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