Appearance on Ashburton murder charge

September 14, 2016 | By More

Court House from Victoria Sq-101A 23-year-old Ashburton man was remanded in custody on a charge of murdering a 25-year-old who was allegedly stabbed to death in the town on Tuesday night.

The man, from Allenton, was remanded without plea for an appearance in the High Court at Timaru on October 4.

He is charged with murdering Tainui James Wano.

Duty lawyer Kiran Paima said no bail application was being made and asked for an interim suppression order “to protect fair trial rights” as well as the remand to the High Court.

Judge David Saunders said fair trial rights were not a ground for suppression, but agreed to make the order until the High Court appearance, when it would need to be fully argued with more substantial grounds.

He accepted that the man had just been arrested and family members would need to be notified in the meantime.

The man, and the public gallery, remained silent throughout the court appearance.

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