Name suppression lifts on murder accused

Name suppression has lifted on the 18-year-old woman charged with the murder of Alicia Nathan, at a house in Avonhead three weeks ago.

The order was not continued when Katrina Roma Epiha appeared at a pre-trial call before Justice Gerald Nation in the High Court at Christchurch today.

It had been granted at the woman’s first appearance in the Christchurch District Court two days after the alleged murder took place.

Epiha, described as a trainer from Avonhead, was today remanded without plea to appear again in the High Court on September 29.

She will remain in custody, and no bail application has been made.

Defence counsel Trudi Aickin asked for the remand to consider details of the police case which are now being made available to the defence.

She did not ask for name suppression to be continued and Justice Nation lifted the order.

Police allege Alicia Nathan, also known as Robinson, the mother of a three-year-old, was stabbed at a party at a house in Avonhead Road on August 6.

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