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Road Rage Assault Accused To Stay In Custody

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Bio O'Brien. Pic: NZPA
Bio O'Brien. Pic: NZPA

Auckland, April 9 NZPA - The Auckland man alleged to have committed a road rage assault on a grandfather who later died will stay behind bars for at least another two weeks.

Bio O'Brien, 27, a student at Unitec from the Pacific Island nation of Tuvalu, reappeared in Auckland District Court today charged with assaulting Jashmatbai Patel, 78, of Te Atatu.

Mr Patel, the driver of a van, was attacked after what police called a "minor crash" with a BMW outside Unitec on Carrington Rd, Mt Albert about 8am on Tuesday.

He was admitted to Auckland Hospital shortly after the alleged assault and died yesterday.

In his brief appearance, O'Brien was remanded in custody until April 27 after his lawyer David Niven did not seek bail.

Police said following Mr Patel's death, they were now conducting a homicide inquiry but no further charges were laid today.

Judge David Harvey today decided to allow images of O'Brien to be taken in court and published after it was denied yesterday.

Mr Patel's grandson Makesh Patel said his grandfather was the leading influence on his family and had a lot of integrity.

"He was a kind-hearted grandfather who believed in family values, they were important to him," Makesh Patel told TV3's Campbell Live programme.

"He kept our family running ... he looked after us while our parents were working."

Family had previously said their grandfather was peaceful and wouldn't harm anyone.

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