February date set for Sumner murder trial

September 1, 2017 | By More

Three people charged with murdering a man found injured in a Sumner carpark will go on trial in the High Court at Christchurch on February 19.

The date was set at a pre-trial call-over before Justice Rachel Dunningham today, where the two men and a woman appeared on separate video-links from the prisons. All are in custody.

The case will also be called at another pre-trial call-over on October 20, when dates to hear pre-trial applications may be set.

Cyle Robert Jetson, 21, Moses Eli Hurrell, and Deborah Jean Tihema, a 39-year-old mother from Bromley, are jointly charged with the murder of Pierclaudio Raviola who was found badly injured in a carpark outside the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club in March. He died in hospital three days later.

Tihema applied this week for release on electronically monitored bail but it was refused after a hearing before Justice Nicholas Davidson.

Defence counsel Tony Garrett said today that Hurrell would make a bail application in about a fortnight. Hurrell is aged 16 but had his automatic name suppression lifted in June.

The three deny the murder charge. Tihema also denies taking a car, and Hurrell denies a burglary charge.

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