9 Jun 2009

Judge declares mistrial in Napier murder trial

6:59 pm on 9 June 2009

A judge in the High Court at Napier has declared a mistrial on the first day of the trial of a factory worker charged with killing 46-year-old woman Chattrice Maihi -Carroll.

Zion King, 47, who lived in a flat next door to the victim, is accused of stabbing her six times in January last year.

After an opening statement to the jury on Tuesday by lead defence counsel Peter Williams, QC, the court went into chambers for several hours.

When the jury returned in the afternoon, Justice Clifford informed it that as a result of legal matters he had discussed with the Crown and defence lawyers, he had to declare a mistrial.

He discharged the jury and ordered that a new jury be empanelled on Wednesday morning.