Renee Duckmanton murder charge denied

High Court-panoply1Thirty-two-year-old Sainey Marong was abused and threatened again in court as he pleaded not guilty to the murder of sex worker Renee Duckmanton.

His trial has been set in the High Court at Christchurch for next June.

Supporters of the victim shouted abuse at Marong and yelled, “Set you on fire”, as he made his appearance at a case review hearing before Justice Cameron Mander.

All of his three court appearances have now been marked by shouting and threats.

Marong denies the murder of the 22-year-old whose body was found on May 15, at the scene of a scrub fire on the Main Rakaia Road, north of Rakaia.

The charge alleges that he murdered her at Christchurch on that day or the previous day.

Sarong had name suppression until the order lapsed when an appeal to the Court of Appeal was abandoned two months ago.

Justice Mander remanded Marong in custody for a pre-trial callover on November 25. The date set for the start of the three-week trial is June 7, 2017.

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