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Claim That Murder Accused Knew Girl Home Alone Challenged

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Wellington, May 22 NZPA - The defence today challenged the crown claim that Dean Stewart Cameron would have overheard that Christchurch teenager Marie Davis would be home alone on the night she disappeared.

The evidence was given by one of 15-year-old Marie's friends, but it drew an immediate and lengthy response in cross-examination by defence counsel Frank Hogan on the fifth day of Cameron's trial for raping and murdering Marie.

The evidence centres on Marie's visit to a friend's house where she stayed the night 24 hours before her disappearance, The Christchurch Court News website reports.

Cameron, a 39-year-old road worker, who also lived at the friend's house, is alleged to have sexually violated and murdered Marie Davis at her home on April 6 last year.

Her body was recovered from the Waimakariri River outside Christchurch 11 days later.

Marie's male friend, who has name suppression, told the court Marie was dropped off at her other firend's house early evening on on April 5 last year.

He, Marie and her girlfriend sat in the lounge talking before they left to get fish and chips.

They talked about how Marie's mother had gone to the North Island to see relatives and her sister Amy was staying with her at home.

He said he asked Marie what she would be doing on the Saturday night.

Marie replied that she believed her sister Amy was going to be out for the night and she would just go home.

He believed that Cameron was in the kitchen -- within hearing distance of the lounge -- when they had that conversation.

Pressed by the defence, the witness said he could not see that Cameron was in the kitchen at that time, but he was there when Marie arrived and he was there when the group walked past him to get their fish and chips.

He conceded it was possible he could have left through another doorway for a time, but thought he would have heard the sliding door.

The trial is continuing.

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