Delay for Sumner murder trial

A new date in September has been set for the High Court trial of three people charge with murder over the death of a man found injured in a Sumner carpark in March 2017.

The trial had been set for February 19, but was not able to go ahead because of pre-trial issues.

Justice Gerald Nation set the new trial date of September 10 at a pre-trial call-over in the High Court at Christchurch today.

He remanded Cyle Robert Jetson, 21, Deborah Jean Tihema, a 39-year-old mother from Bromley, and Moses Eli Hurrell, 16, in custody to another call-over on April 20, with dates indicated for some pre-trial arguments.

They are charged with the murder of Pierclaudio Raviola who was found badly injured in a carpark outside the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club. He 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 originally had automatic name suppression because of his age, but the order was lifted in June.

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