Man pleads not guilty to Portman murder

Last updated 09:51 27/03/2013
Rae Portman
VICTIM: Rae "Bok" Portman.

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The man accused of murdering expectant Auckland mother Rae Portman has pleaded not guilty and will go to trial.

Paraire Hori Te Awa - known as Friday - appeared in the High Court at Auckland today charged with the murder and kidnap of Portman.

Portman, 33, went missing in Auckland in June and her body was found at the back of a rural Ardmore property in September.

Te Awa was charged with Portman's murder in November.

A second man, Dean Addison, was last week charged with kidnapping Portman.

Portman's mother, Rebecca Norton, revealed at a press conference in September that her daughter was four months pregnant when she disappeared.

Before going missing from a Mt Albert motor lodge, Portman - known as "Bok" - dropped off her car with a mechanic.

After her family reported her missing on July 2 and made online appeals for information, her car was returned to her friend Kristina Le Noel.

Le Noel was later charged with stealing the car after allegedly selling it without the Portman family's permission.

A third man, Brendon Wilson, was arrested while police traced Portman's whereabouts. He now faces drugs charges.

Justice Mark Woolford set a trial date of October 29. 

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