Murder trial delay

A change of defence counsel has led to the murder trial of Franchesca Kororia Borell being delayed in the High Court at Christchurch.

The 23-year-old was due to stand trial on March 19, charged with the murder of 25-year-old Hardeep Singh.

Mr Singh was allegedly stabbed in an incident at a Cashmere Road property on Christmas Day, 2016, and died in hospital two days later.

Borell has denied the charge of murder. The trial was scheduled to last one to two weeks.

Phil Shamy is to take over as her defence counsel and the case has now been remanded to a pre-trial call-over in the High Court on April 20, which may set a new trial date.

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