Posted: 31 October, 2016 by @clairesherwood_

Eight Mile Plains Road Rage Murder Conviction To Be Downgraded

The New Zealand man accused of murdering another man by pushing him into the path of a garbage truck during a road rage argument will have his charge downgraded. 

36 year old Tamate Heke, from Yarrabilba, allegedly ended up in an argument with 50 year old Munruben man Shane Merrigan on December 1 last year. It happened at the Gateway Motorway on-ramp of the Pacific Motorway at Eight Mile Plains. 

In a police interview, Heke said Merrigan had been tailgating him, making rude gestures and mirroring his lane changes. He said Merrigan pulled over in front of him, so he got out of the car to find out what happened. A fight broke out. 

Police had alleged Heke hit Merrigan, causing him to fall into the path of the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Heke, who'd been due to leave the country a week later to be married, was granted bail just before last Christmas. Police had used dashcam footage to form their case. 

Today, The Brisbane Magistrates Court heard the father-of-three was expected to have the murder charge against him downgraded to manslaughter at his next appearance in late November.

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