February date set for Marong murder trial

Sainey Marong will go on trial on February 12 for the murder of Christchurch sex worker Renee Larissa Duckmanton, whose body was found at the scene of a scrub fire near Rakaia on May 15 last year.

The date for the start of the three-week trial was set in the High Court at Christchurch today by Justice Gerald Nation, with Marong appearing by video-link from the prison.

Marong, a 33-year-old butcher from Ilam, denies the charge of murdering 22-year-old Duckmanton at Christchurch the day before her body was found amongst a scrub fire on the Main Rakaia Road, north of Rakaia.

Marong’s trial had originally been set for June this year, but was delayed for further inquiries and a High Court pre-trial hearing.

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