Third man appears in court

The third man arrested in connection with the death of Levin father Mike Valentine can now be named.

Brayden Windley, 22, labourer, briefly appeared in the Levin District Court dock today and entered no pleas to one charge of assaulting Mr Valentine and one of assaulting him with a weapon.

As he left a woman in the public gallery yelled: "Love you brother".

"You're dead meat," a man called out from the other side of the gallery.

"Get f...ed," the woman replied.

Judge Gregory Ross asked everyone to calm down and remanded Windley in custody until his next appearance in late March.

Defence lawyer Fergus Steedman said that appearance would be for a case review as it headed toward a trial.

"I acknowledge that I don't have the ability to further extend the suppression order," Mr Steedman said of the temporary order banning publication of Windley's name, which expired today.

"I don't wish to apply for bail either. I hope that the time will come in the reasonably near future to do that."

Levin factory hand Michael Paul Zimmerman, 29, also made a brief appearance.

He entered no plea to assaulting Mr Valentine with a weapon and was remanded in custody until next week.

Zimmerman will appear on the same day as Levin chef Stoyan Militch, 31, who is charged with Mr Valentine's murder and assaulting him with a weapon.

Mr Valentine, 27, was found dead on Friday night, having been stabbed with a knife once in the chest.

He died at the scene and was farewelled at a funeral yesterday.

Manawatu Standard