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Retrial of Kiwi in Canada still unclear

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/07/2016
Former Napier city councillor Peter Beckett. © TVNZ Former Napier city councillor Peter Beckett.

There's been a short hearing in the case of a former Napier councillor accused of murdering his wife in Canada six years ago.

Peter Beckett, 59, is accused of the first-degree murder of his wife, Laura Letts-Beckett, who drowned in Upper Arrow Lake on August 18, 2010.

In April, after a BC Supreme Court trial a jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict and a mistrial was declared.

Beckett was expected to apply to move his re-trial out of Kamloops.

At a brief hearing last week the court heard Beckett had hired a new lawyer who hinted at the possibility that a change-of-venue application may not be heard, Kamloops This Week reports.

The case is expected to be back in court on September 19 when logistical issues will be addressed.

Beckett has been in custody since his arrest in 2011.

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