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Wife denies killing husband in 2011

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/11/2016 Sean Martin

The wife of a Taranaki mountaineer has denied manslaughter five years after his death and after a coroner originally ruled out foul play.

Susan Elizabeth Mouat appeared via video link in the High Court at Wellington on Tuesday, where she entered a not guilty plea to the charge.

She also declined continued name suppression. A trial date was set for September next year.

Mouat's husband, 48-year-old Bruce Mouat died in 2011, 11 days after falling down the concrete stairs at his Hawera home.

He was a mountaineer and leader of the Taranaki Alpine and Cliff Rescue team.

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.

But police confirmed last month a charge had been laid in the case.

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