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Abuse aimed at Rakaia murder accused

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/06/2016 By Cleo Fraser

The family of Renee Duckmanton have again hurled abuse in court at the man accused of murdering the 22-year-old Christchurch woman.

A small group of family members yelled "you took my child" and "die" when the 31-year-old charged with the sex worker's murder appeared in the High Court at Christchurch on Friday.

Most of the group sobbed as they stared at the accused throughout the pre-trial session, while Ms Duckmanton's alleged killer stood calmly in the dock.

Justice Cameron Mander continued name suppression to allow the man's lawyer time to file an appeal against his decision to lift the interim order.

The man was charged days after the Ms Duckmanton's burnt body was found near Rakaia on May 15.

Ms Duckmanton was last seen in Christchurch's red light district and police believe her death is related to her sex work.

During the man's first court appearance last month the court had to be cleared after members of Ms Duckmanton's family yelled abuse at her accused killer and attempted to approach the dock.

The man is next due to appear in court on August 19.

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