Name suppressed has lapsed on one of the men accused of the murder of Bradley Alan Lomax and both of them denied the charge at an appearance in the High Court at Christchurch.
Cody Derek Martin, 30, a drainlayer from Mairehau, was granted name suppression when he first appeared in the Christchurch District Court on September 12 – eight days after the alleged murder of 24-year-old Lomax at Kaiapoi.
Defence counsel Josh Lucas said the interim suppression could lapse at today’s appearance, and the order preventing publication was removed.
Lomax’s body was found by four-wheel drivers on the Waimakariri riverbed near Swannanoa on September 4.
Martin and Kasha William Gosset, a 35-year-old landscape gardener from Oxford are jointly charged with the murder.
They appeared on separate video-links from the prisons at a case review hearing before Justice Gerald Nation.
They appeared to be able to see each other on the link, because Gosset began abusing Martin, giving a finger to the camera, pointing to his own tattoos, and making a motion across his throat. Gosset had a black eye.
He made abusive comments to Martin before court staff removed the link from the screen.
Both men entered not guilty pleas to the joint murder charge and Justice Nation remanded them in custody for a further case review on December 8.
Michael Sandom appeared as defence counsel for Gosset, standing in for James Rapley.