New Zealand man to face Brisbane court over road rage death

A New Zealand man accused of killing a man during a road rage scuffle will face trial on Monday.

Tamate Henry Heke allegedly pushed Shane Merrigan in the front of an oncoming truck on the Gateway Motorway in 2015.

Heke was initially charged with murder, but the charge was downgraded to manslaughter and unlawful striking causing death.


Police have alleged Heke got into a tussle with the victim over a road rage incident.

Both had stopped their cars on the busy Pacific Motorway when Heke allegedly attacked Mr Merringan causing him to fall into the truck’s path.

The Brisbane Magistrates Court has previously heard while Heke had been a model citizen, Mr Merrigan had a history of being involved in road rage dramas.