Greymouth murder trial set for September

A teenager charged with the murder of 41-year-old Cyrus Alexis Alupis will face trial in the High Court at Greymouth on September 2, 2019.

The date for 17-year-old Lewis Floyd McKenzie’s trial was set at a case review session in the High Court at Christchurch today.

McKenzie has been on electronically monitored bail since it was granted a month ago by Justice Rachel Dunningham.

McKenzie was at the Christchurch court today, along with Crown prosecutor Mark Zarifeh, and the judge, Justice Cameron Mander, while defence counsel Richard Bodle appeared by video-link from Greymouth.

In the meantime, McKenzie has been remanded to a pre-trial call-over on December 18.

Mr Alupis was found fatally stabbed in Cowper Street, Greymouth on July 30, and died shortly after he was taken to Grey Base Hospital.