Delia Williams death: charged driver pleads not guilty

By | May 16, 2016

The man who was charged with the murder of Delia Williams on a Wellington driveway has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

According to reports, the 58-year-old man was charged with “driving with an excess breath alcohol level of 510 micrograms, and assault using a motor vehicle as a weapon.”

Williams, who was 55 years old at the time of her death, was a well-known part of the Wellington art scene, with galleries in Cuba St and Cuba Mall.

Williams’s family member Robyn McLean said in an earlier interview that “awesome but eccentric” person who would make friends wherever she is. “She was larger than life. The sort of person who would make friends with the postman.

“She had this beaming smile – it’s a cliche, but it would light up a room,” McLean added.

She was hit by the man on Garden Rd in a Northland suburb, on the driveway of a house she was reportedly visiting, in March.

The man pleaded not guilty to all charges, although the drink-driving charge had to be put to him twice to clarify his plea at the High Court in Wellington on Monday. His lawyer Judith Ablett-Kerr, QC, argued for name suppression to continue.

The name of the man was suppressed by Justice Simon France. He was remanded in custody to July 13.