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Tara Brown murder trial to begin

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/02/2017 Christine Flatley


WHO: Lionel Patea, 25

WHAT: On trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court for the murder of his former partner, New Zealand mother Tara Brown, 24.

WHEN: Ms Brown was allegedly attacked by Patea in a suburban street on the Gold Coast on September 9, 2015. She died in hospital from head injuries the following day.


September 9, 2015: Patea allegedly runs Ms Brown off the road and assaults her. Patea is arrested and charged with attempted murder.

September 10, 2015: Ms Brown dies in hospital. Patea's charge is upgraded to murder.

November 11, 2015: Patea is committed to stand trial over the death.

February 27, 2017: Patea's eight-day murder trial begins in the Brisbane Supreme Court.

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