Not guilty plea on West Coast murder charge

George Sean Warren has pleaded not guilty to the murder of a West Coast woman on October 22, at a video-link appearance in the High Court at Christchurch.

Warren, 45, had been granted interim name suppression after his arrest in Hokitika a day after the alleged shooting in Greymouth.

That order lapsed today when he appeared at a case review and it was lifted by Justice Gerald Nation, but a suppression order was put in place on the name of the victim at the request of the Crown.

Steve Gill of Lower Hutt took over as defence counsel and indicated Warren would plead not guilty and elect trial by jury. The charge was then read and Warren entered his not guilty plea.

Justice Nation remanded Warren in custody to February 9 for a further case review, when he will again appear by video-link from the prison.

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