Avonhead murder trial delayed

The murder trial of 19-year-old Katrina Roma Epiha will not go ahead on Monday in the High Court at Christchurch as planned.

The two-week trial was scheduled before Justice Gerald Nation and a jury, with Epiha denying charges of murdering Alicia Nathan, intentionally injuring another woman, and threatening to kill a third woman.

The alleged murder took place during a party at a house in Avonhead Road on August 6, 2017, with Miss Nathan dying of stab wounds.

Justice Nation announced that the trial date would be vacated at a pre-trial call in the High Court today and remanded Epiha in custody for a call-over on September 7, when a new date may be set.

The reasons for the delay have been suppressed.

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