Councillor murder case adjourned

MICHAEL DALY
Last updated 16:24 23/05/2013
MURDER CHARGE: Peter Beckett.
MURDER CHARGE: Peter Beckett.

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A preliminary hearing in Canada for a former Napier city councillor accused of murdering his wife has been adjourned until next month.

Peter Beckett, 56, was charged in 2011 with murdering Laura Letts-Beckett, 50, in Canada in August 2010.

Police were called to Shelter Bay Provincial Park in British Columbia after a report Letts-Beckett had fallen out of a small inflatable fishing boat.

Police said at the time that she could not swim and was not wearing a lifejacket.

The case was initially treated as an accident, but it was later determined to be a homicide.

The preliminary hearing opened on Tuesday (local time) in the Salmon Arm Provincial Court and was adjourned until June 11 to allow more time for Beckett to consult his counsel.

The purpose of the hearing was to determine what would be admissible in a trial, and at this stage nearly everything was covered by an interim suppression order.

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