Three deny murder charge

April 12, 2017 | By More

Three people have denied the murder of a man who was found injured at Sumner last month, at appearances by video-link in the High Court at Christchurch today.

All three remain in custody for a case review hearing on June 23.

Defence counsel all “reserved” their position on bail applications for the three, indicating applications for their release could be made later.

The three are jointly charged with the March 23 murder of Mr Raviola, who died in hospital two days after he was found with serious head injuries in a car park near Sumner beach.

There was a struggle in court with one of the accused, and tight security for their first appearance last month, but today’s appearances went ahead without any difficulty by video-link from the men’s and women’s prisons

Deborah Jean Tihema, 38, Cyle Robert Jetson, 20, and a 16-year-old who was granted continued name suppression, all pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.

The 16-year-old was further remanded without plea on a burglary charge, at the request of defence counsel Tony Garrett.

Prosecutor Chris Lange said the Crown had no objection to the name suppression order being continued for the 16-year-old.

Justice Cameron Mander remanded them in custody for further appearances, probably again by video-link, on June 23.

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