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Youth pleads not guilty to murder

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A teenager charged with murder has appeared in the Auckland High Court by audiovisual link today. Times file photo Wayne Martin

A teenager charged with murder following the fatal stabbing of a man in east Auckland has pleaded not guilty.

The 17-year-old was arrested and charged by police after a 26-year-old man was killed during a physical altercation in the area of the wharf car park on Lady Fisher Drive in Highbrook in the early hours of November 13.

The youth faces additional charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in relation to two other victims from the same incident.

Police were alerted to the altercation when three people with serious stab wounds and one person with a serious gunshot wound self-presented at Middlemore Hospital at about 4.30am on November 13.

The 26-year-old man who died was one of the three stabbing victims.

The teenager charged over his death, who has name suppression, appeared in the Auckland High Court by audiovisual link from another facility on December 14.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges he’s facing through his lawyer.

The judge set down a trial for the teenager to begin in April, 2024.

It’s expected to take up to five weeks.

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