21 Jun 2016

Murder accused in Blenheim remanded on bail

1:17 pm on 21 June 2016

A 48-year-old woman charged with the murder of a 20 year-old woman in Blenheim last month has been remanded on bail until a case review hearing in September.

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The woman made an appearance at the High Court in Blenheim. Photo: RNZ / Tracy Neal

The woman, whose name is suppressed, made a brief appearance in the High Court in Blenheim this morning, surrounded by supporters.

Submissions were made by the Crown and Defence via audio-visual link, before Justice Simon France remanded the woman to a case review hearing in September.

Justice France, who also spoke via audio visual link, continued name suppression on the basis of the need for a fair trial, because of some information already in the public domain.

Police charged the woman with murder after the younger woman's body was found in a house in Blenheim last month.