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Christchurch Reserve Murder Trial Delayed

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Wellington, Feb 17 NZPA - The trial of two men accused of the murder of a 16-year-old boy during a drinking session in a Christchurch reserve has been delayed to July.

Thomas Tihema Christie, 25, and Sonny Avon Rehu, 31, both unemployed, are now due to go on trial before Justice Christine French and a jury on July 6, in the High Court at Christchurch, the Christchurch Court News website reported.

They are charged with murdering Sean Martin William Phillip Finnerty-Gallagher during the night of February 12/13 2008.

The trio had been drinking in the in Auburn Reserve and Mr Finnerty-Gallager was found dead the next morning, with head injuries that suggested he had been knocked unconscious.

A pathologist gave evidence that death resulted from asphyxia caused by the combination of the way he was lying with his airways partly blocked by blood, and the fact that he was very intoxicated.

His blood-alcohol level was nine times the legal driving limit for a person his age.

The trial was originally set to last three weeks but that estimate has now been extended to four weeks.

The pair were due for trial on May 25, but at another hearing in the High Court today, that slot was filled with another murder trial what is being transferred from Dunedin.

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