Man found guilty of Opotiki murder

A jury has found an Opotiki man guilty of murdering his partner. Photo: supplied.

A Bay of Plenty man has been found guilty of the murder of an Opotiki mother.

A jury of 12 took six  hours to find Robert Hohua guilty.

Hohua, 36, was arrested after he beat Marie Rose Harlick to death at an address in Wellington Street on November 22.

Marie died following a 20 minute assault in which Hohua punched, kicked and stomped her, with the sounds reverberating through the house and alerting neighbours, who called police.

Hohua originally pleaded not guilty to murder, but admitted killing her.

Justice Anne Hinton remanded Hohua in custody for sentence on December 13.

This lead to a week long trial in which the jury heard how Marie died and other circumstances surroudning her death.



1 Comment

Good

Posted on 07-11-2017 08:32 | By overit

How on earth did this woman get involved with that piece of work. Her poor kid/s. I have been told there is a lot of P in Opotiki.

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