Sumner murder trial delay

Pre-trial issues have meant a delay for the trial of three people charged with the murder of a man found injured in a Sumner carpark in March.

The trial had been scheduled to begin on February 19, but defence counsel raised concerns about the date at pre-trial call-overs in the High Court a few weeks ago and again today.

Cyle Robert Jetson, 21, Moses Eli Hurrell, and Deborah Jean Tihema, a 39-year-old mother from Bromley, are jointly charged with the murder of Pierclaudio Raviola who was found badly injured in a carpark outside the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club and died in hospital three days later.

The three deny the murder charge. Tihema also denies taking a car, and Hurrell denies a burglary charge. Hurrell is aged 16 but had his automatic name suppression lifted in June.

Justice Gerald Nation today accepted that there should be a delay for the trial and remanded the three to another pre-trial call-over on February 9 to set dates for pre-trial arguments and possibly for the trial.

The three appeared at today’s sitting by video-link.

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