After months on the run, man denies Queen St killing

Dariush Talagi. (Source: NZ Police)

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A 24-year-old man accused of murder after a shooting on Auckland’s Queen St in August has pleaded not guilty this morning.

Interim name suppression for Dariush Talagi lapsed, Justice Matthew Downs said today at Auckland High Court.

The incident saw two people shot — one in the head and one in the abdomen — after a fight on August 3. One of the men, Sione Tuuholoaki, 26, died in hospital on August 4.

Talagi handed himself in at Auckland Central Police station on November 16, allegedly after more than 100 days on the run.

A 23-year-old woman accused of being Talagi’s accomplice also faces charges over the incident and a 32-year-old associate of Talagi was arrested on August 16 in connection to the shooting, charged with unlawful possession of ammunition.

Sione Tuuholoaki.
Sione Tuuholoaki. (Source: Supplied)

Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Bolton said when Talagi handed himself in that the investigation into the shooting remained ongoing, and wasn’t ruling out further charges,

Talagi was remanded in custody today.

The trial is set to begin in February 2025.

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