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Chronology Of Events In The Emma Agnew Murder Case

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Wellington, Oct 31 NZPA - Chronology of events in the Emma Agnew murder case:

* Nov 15, 2007: Deaf Christchurch 20-year Emma Agnew goes missing after texting her family that morning to say she was planning to meet a man who was interested in buying her car.

* Her burnt-out car found in Bromley Park, in eastern part of the city, that night.

* Nov 26: Ms Agnew's body found hidden in scrub near the Spencer Park Motor Camp, 15km northeast of Christchurch. She had been suffocated with a sock.

* Nov 27: Liam James Reid arrested after armed offenders squad raid on a Christchurch boarding house.

* Nov 28: Reid makes initial court appearance, with members of the public scuffling and shouting obscenities at him.

* Nov 28: Speculation surfaces that Reid could be responsible for the savage rape of a 21-year-old woman in Dunedin only days earlier .

* April 3, 2008: Reid committed for trial for Emma Agnew's murder after a four-day depositions hearing in Christchurch District Court.

* Oct 6: As Reid's murder trial gets under way, he is charged with the Dunedin sex attack nine days after he killed Emma Agnew.

Counts of attempted murder, rape, sexual violation, and robbery in relation to that attack are added to the rape and murder charges he faces over Ms Agnew's death.

* Oct 20: Crown tells court that rough sex Reid indulged in was "a signature" which linked him to both Ms Agnew's murder and the Dunedin attack. Both women suffered deep genital bruising.

* Oct 31: Reid found guilty on all charges after less than four hours of jury deliberation. Jailed for life but Crown will seek preventive detention at a sentencing hearing set down for December 12.

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