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Police ask one-punch killer for testimony

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/03/2017

Police have asked a man convicted of fatally punching another man following a long night of drinking to back up their legal case for earlier bar closures.

Grenville McFarland, 30, was in 2014 sentenced to more than two years' jail for the manslaughter of 25-year-old trainee teacher Tarun Asthana.

Mr Asthana died after McFarland punched him outside of central Auckland McDonald's at 5am, following a long night of drinking, knocking him onto the concrete.

Police have now confirmed they approached McFarland to give testimony to the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority, where they are appealing for earlier bar closure hours in Auckland.

"He was a willing advocate for this proposal," a police spokesperson said in a statement.

"He did not receive any payment or other benefits for making a statement."

Appeals hearings over Auckland Council's local alcohol policy are currently on going, with police among a a number of parties challenging parts of the plan.

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