Stephen Dudley died after he was involved in a fight
following rugby training in June last year. Photo: supplied
A 16-year-old schoolboy has today admitted assaulting
Auckland teen Stephen Dudley on the day a manslaughter trial
over the teen's death was to begin.
The more serious charge against the 16-year-old has been
dropped after the guilty plea was entered in the High Court
at Auckland this morning.
Stephen, 15, died after a school rugby training session on
June 6 last year.
He was taken to Auckland City Hospital after being assaulted
at training and died a short time later.
The 16-year-old was bailed until March, when he will be
sentenced. A pre-sentence report was ordered and the
teenager's name suppression will continue until the
An 18-year-old still facing a charge of manslaughter will
still head to trial on an allegation of manslaughter.
His name remains suppressed and the trial is likely to be
heard in June. Until then he is on bail.
- Jimmy Ellingham of APNZ