New suppression bid delays lifting

October 7, 2015 | By More

chch-court-roomThe deadline for lifting of name suppression on the man accused of murdering Christchurch 14-month-old Ihaka Paora Braxton Stokes has been pushed out till November.

The order was lifted by a decision last month in the Court of Appeal in Wellington and it was scheduled to lift automatically on Friday unless some other application was made in the meantime.

That application has now been made by counsel for the 22-year-old man, Phil Shamy, and the suppression order granted after the man’s arrest in mid-July has been extended until it can be heard.

The hearing is expected to be in November, and the case is also scheduled for a pre-trial call-over later the same month, when a trial date is likely to be set. The man denies the charges.

The man is charged with assaulting Ihaka on July 2 and murdering him on July 3. The toddler died after being taken to Christchurch Hospital on July 3. Police said he died of multiple blunt force injuries.

At a hearing in the High Court in August, Justice David Gendall ruled that bail could be granted to the man after more than a month in custody on remand. He allowed the man to live at an address outside Christchurch where he is subject to a 24-hour-a-day curfew.



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