Suppression lapses for Renee Duckmanton murder accused

chch-court-roomInterim name suppression has lapsed for Sainey Marong, accused of the murder of Christchurch sex worker Renee Duckmanton.

Marong, understood to be from Gambia, is a 32-year-old butcher from Ilam, who is accused of murdering 22-year-old Duckmanton on May 14.

The dead woman’s family have shouted threats and abuse at him at his appearances in the Christchurch District Court and High Court.

Her badly burnt body was found at the scene of a scrub fire on Main Rakaia Road, north of Rakaia, about 7.40pm on May 15, the day after she was last seen on Manchester Street, Christchurch.

Marong was granted interim name suppression at his first appearance on May 27.

Continuation of the suppression order was rejected at Marong’s next appearance in the High Court on June 10.

Justice Cameron Mander discontinued it, but defence counsel Phil Shamy wanted it continued until the next appearance while a psychiatric report was prepared on Marong.

When Mr Shamy indicated there would be an appeal to the Court of Appeal against that decision to lift the suppression, Justice Mander continued the order until the appeal could be heard.

The High Court has advised that Marong’s defence has now decided not to continue with the appeal and the suppression order has lapsed, so that Marong’s name and details can now be published.

He is next due to appear at a case review hearing in the High Court on August 19.


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