Suppression lifts on 16-year-old murder accused

Name suppression has lifted on a 16-year-old youth charged with the murder of a man who was found injured in a carpark at Sumner in March.

He is Moses Eli Hurrell, who has pleaded not guilty to a charge of murdering Pierclaudio Raviola on March 23.

Hurrell originally faced the charge of murder at an appearance in the Youth Court after Mr Raviola died in hospital two days after he was found badly injured outside the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club.

Youth Court provides automatic suppression but the case has since been transferred to the High Court where Hurrell had a scheduled case review hearing with two alleged co-offenders before Justice Rachel Dunningham today.

Once a case moves to an adult jurisdiction such as the High Court, the suppression must be argued and renewed at each appearance.

Two of the three charged appeared by video-link in Christchurch’s main High Court, while Hurrell did not appear. He was represented by defence counsel Tony Garrett who said that Hurrell was also pleading not guilty to a burglary charge, and the name suppression order was not being renewed.

Cyle Robert Jetson, 20, and Deborah Jean Tihema, 38, are also charged with the murder and pleaded not guilty in April.

They appeared by video-link and all three were remanded in custody to a pre-trial call-over in the High Court on August 18.

Crown prosecutor Chris Lange told Justice Dunningham February 28 was being considered as a possible date for the murder trial.


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