Braddick murder case evidence to be heard

The man accused of murdering Timaru father Shane Braddick in May has asked to hear the evidence against him in the Timaru District Court in September.

Mr Braddick, 28, was found dead on York St, early on May 11.

Johnny Grant Holman, 25, was charged with his murder, but has not yet entered a plea.

The Timaru District Court registrar today confirmed that, through his counsel, Holman had asked to hear the evidence against him, but it was not known if Holman would appear.

''This matter is now scheduled for an oral evidence application hearing on September 11, 2012, 2.15 pm.

''At this stage I can not advise whether the defendant will be present or not. It is an open court matter, but he is not required to be there for that hearing so will depend on whether his counsel requests him to be present.''

The result of the hearing will determine the next stage of the committal process and whether or not the matter continues to trial, or the charges are altered, or the defendant pleads guilty.

Holman had orginally been remanded in custody until yesterday for a post-committal conference, to allow for formal written statements to be filed and the court registrar to set a date; however, his counsel had requested to hear the oral evidence.

The Timaru Herald