Suppression continues for Woodend murder accused

Interim name suppression has continued for a teenager charged with the murder of Oliver Johnston whose body was found at a property in Woodend, North Canterbury, three weeks ago.

The 18-year-old defendant appeared by video-link from the prison, before Justice Gerald Nation in the High Court at Christchurch today.

Defence counsel James Rapley sought continuation of the interim suppression granted when the youth first appeared in the District Court charged with murder on July 2. It was not opposed by Crown prosecutor Barnaby Hawes.

The reasons for the continuation of the order were also suppressed, at the request of the defence.

Justice Nation said the order would be reviewed at the next appearance.

The defendant was further remanded in custody without plea for a case review hearing on September 21.

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