Suppression lapses in Rotorua park murder trial

Last updated 12:31 08/11/2012

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Name suppression has been lifted for two teenagers accused of murdering Polish man Roman Skorek, in Rotorua's Kuirau Park in January.

They are William Karauna Edwards, 15, and Leslie McKay Glen, 14 who are jointly charged with Simon Herewini, 21. A fourth man, Rawiri James Samuel, also 21, has pleaded guilty to Skorek's murder and is to be sentenced on December 6.

Justice Graham Lang ruled in the High Court at Rotorua this morning that the previous suppression order relating to Edwards and Glen would lapse.

He also made a series of orders that will ensure the trial is run in a way that will take account of the ages of the youngest two accused.

The judge also agreed to a request from Edwards' lawyer that before the February trial he is seen by a health professional, preferably a psychologist, to assess his ability and capacity to understand the evidence and the advice his counsel gives him.

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