3 Jun 2009

Trial delayed for academic accused of murder

8:01 pm on 3 June 2009

The trial of an Otago University academic accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend and former student has been delayed.

Clayton Weatherston was scheduled to stand trial at the High Court in Christchurch from 8 June. The start date is now 22 June.

Mr Weatherston, who was 32 at the time, is charged with murdering Sophie Elliott in Dunedin in January last year.

The Crown says Ms Elliott, 22, was locked in her bedroom at her family's home and stabbed 216 times.