Legal argument over evidence to be heard
A legal argument to hear oral evidence against the man accused of murdering Shane Braddick will be heard in the Timaru District Court tomorrow.
Mr Braddick, 28, was found dead on York St at around 3.15am on May 11.
St John ambulance service was called to the street after it was advised of a person lying on the road.
Timaru man Johnny Grant Holman, 25, has been charged with Mr Braddick's murder but has not yet entered a plea.
The Timaru District Court registrar has confirmed that, through his counsel, Holman has asked to hear the oral evidence against him. The court fixture will determine if the oral evidence can be heard.
It is not known if Holman will appear but was not likely.
"I cannot 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 that 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, the charges are altered, or the defendant pleads guilty.
He first appeared on Saturday May 12 in front of a Justice of the Peace and did not enter a plea. He was in court again two days later. Holman again did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody.
The Timaru Herald