The 18-year-old Waihi man accused of murdering Kiwi ex-pat Murray Wilkinson in the early hours of New Year's Day has been granted continued name suppression.
Judge Robert Wolff made the order when the man appeared in the Tauranga District Court this morning charged with murder.
He is accused of stabbing Wilkinson, who had been living in Brisbane, at Waihi Beach on January 1.
Wilkinson died two days later from his injuries at Waikato Hospital.
The accused was arrested last week at his Waihi home.
His mother and supporters gathered in court, as did members of Wilkinson's family, including his wife Luise and son Daniel.
Wilkinson was staying with his wife in a caravan outside a friend's house on holiday shortly before his death. He had gone outside to check a noise at 1am when he was attacked.
The accused was remanded in custody to appear for a bail hearing on Wednesday.
He was represented by Paul Mabey QC.
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