Bail granted to teen murder accused

Electronically monitored bail has been granted to a 17-year-old youth charged with the murder of 41-year-old West Coast man Cyrus Alexis Alupis six weeks ago.

The bail was granted to Lewis Floyd McKenzie at a hearing by video-link hook-up in the High Court at Christchurch today.

Details of the bail conditions imposed by Justice Rachel Dunningham were not read out in court.

McKenzie had interim name suppression after his arrest at the end of July, after Alupis was found fatally stabbed in Cowper Street, Greymouth, and died shortly after he was taken to Grey Base Hospital. The suppression was lifted on August 21.

For today’s hearing, McKenzie appeared by video-link from the Youth Unit at Christchurch Prison, the defence counsel Richard Bodle appeared by video-link from the Greymouth Court House, and Justice Dunningham and Crown prosecutor Ruth Harcourt were at court in Christchurch.

McKenzie is next due to appear at a case review hearing in the High Court.

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