Murder trial delayed

The trial of two people charged with murdering Pierclaudio Raviola, who was found injured in a Sumner carpark in March 2017, has been delayed again.

The four-week trial of Deborah Jean Tihema, 40, and Cyle Robert Jetson, 22, had been due to start in the High Court at Christchurch on Monday.

However, the decision was made this week that it could not go ahead as planned and it will be called instead at a pre-trial call-over at midday on September 14.

An alleged co-offender, Moses Eli Hurrell, 17, pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter this month and is due to be sentenced on September 14, at 9.30am.

Raviola died in hospital two days after he was found badly injured outside the Sumner Surf Lifesaving Club.

The murder trial for all three had originally been set for February 19 this year, but it had to be delayed then.

A new date may be set at the call-over next Friday.

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