The 27-year-old accused has been remanded in custody over killing in New Zealand
The New Zealand man accused of murdering British backpacker Grace Millane has pleaded not guilty at Auckland’s high court.
The 27-year-old man, whose name has been suppressed by the court, appeared in court on Wednesday morning, his second appearance since his arrest in December last year.
Millane, 21, disappeared from central Auckland on 1 December, and her body was found in densebushland in west Auckland a week later. A memorial was held in her Essex village last week, and attended by the New Zealand detective who led the inquiry into her disappearance.
The accused is alleged to have murdered Millane sometime between December 1 and 2 last year, according to court documents seen by the New Zealand Herald.
Justice Simon Moore scheduled a murder trial for 4 November, which is expected to last three weeks, the New Zealand Herald reported. Moore repeated warnings to the media and the general public to honour the accused’s name suppression, after numerous UK media outlets published his name and photograph following his first court appearance in December. Members of the public also shared his name and photographs widely on social media platforms and blogs.
The accused was denied name suppression at his first court appearance, on 10 December, but his lawyers were given 20 working days to appeal, which expires in late January.
The accused has been remanded in custody to next appear in court on 3 April, Stuff reported.