Police after closing off access to Mersey St in Pandora after the incident outside the Outlaws MC pad on March 29. Photo / File
The continued interim name suppression has been granted to a man charged with the death of Outlaws MC National President Peter Lui, who died after a confrontation near his gang’s new Pad Napier nine weeks ago.
While Judge Bridget Mackintosh has questioned why the name suppression should continue, police did not oppose defense attorney Eric Forster’s request when the man was called to court on Wednesday in Napier, appearing via audio-visual link from prison.
A dozen family members and friends of Him sat quietly in front of the court during the short appearance.
The man faces charges of aggravated theft and injuring Lui with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, related to the incident near the new Outlaws headquarters in Mersey St, Pandora, in the morning of Monday March 29.
The man also faced other separate counts on Wednesday, pleading guilty to one of obtaining by deception and not guilty to another of receiving a stolen Holden Commodore motor vehicle.
He is remanded in custody to appear again on June 23, when he is expected to plead.
Police did not announce any further arrests in connection with the death.