A trial is not likely to take place this year for the man accused of murdering Christchurch prostitute Mallory Manning in 2008.
Twenty-four-year-old Mauha Fawcett's case was called at a pre-trial conference session in the High Court at Christchurch today before Justice Christian Whata.
Fawcett was remanded to October 15 for pre-trial arguments.
Defence counsel Craig Ruane said no date had yet been set for a trial but it was was unlikely to take place until next year.
Fawcett, unemployed, was arrested in Auckland in March 2012 and charged with murdering 27-year-old Manning on December 18, 2008.
Police allege she was bashed and stabbed before her body was dumped in the nearby Avon River.
- The Press