Murder accused appears in court

JIMMY ELLINGHAM
Last updated 10:19 13/02/2013

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The man accused of killing Levin father Michael Valentine made a brief appearance in court this morning and will appear again later next month.

Levin chef Stoyan Militch, 31, appeared briefly in the town's district court and entered no plea to a charge of murder or assault with a weapon.

Defence lawyer Simon Hewson said he would be filing an application for Militch to be released on electronically monitored bail and asked for his client to next appear on March 27 for a case review.

"The application will probably be advanced on that day."

Judge Gregory Ross remanded Militch in custody until then and did the same when Levin factory hand Michael Paul Zimmerman, 29, also made a brief appearance.

He entered no plea to assaulting Mr Valentine with a weapon.

A third man, labourer Brayden Windley, 22, is also facing an assault with a weapon charge.

He is in custody and will appear next month.

Mr Valentine died on February 1, having been stabbed with a knife once in the chest. His funeral was held on Waitangi Day.

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- Manawatu Standard

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