Murder accused retains suppression

The man accused of murdering Auckland woman Blessie Gotingco will keep his name secret for now.

An order suppressing the man's identity was continued by Justice Timothy Brewer in the High Court at Auckland today.

Part way through the hearing the man swore loudly. He was removed by security from the court and was taken down to the cells.

Defence lawyer Peter Winter argued for the suppression order to continue, which Crown prosecutor Aaron Perkins opposed.

The man did not enter a plea today but Justice Brewer scheduled a three-week trial for March next year. The suppression order lasts until then. The man will next appear for a pre-trial hearing in August.

Mrs Gotingco, a 56-year-old mother of three, was last seen leaving her workplace, Tower Insurance, about 7pm on May 24.

She took a bus from Lower Albert St to Birkdale Rd and it is thought she was walking the short distance home when she encountered her alleged attacker.

He lived within a couple of kilometres from Mrs Gotingco's Salisbury Rd home and less than a kilometre from the bus stop she got off at.

Mrs Gotingco's body was found in an area of bush at the Birkenhead-Glenfield cemetery on Eskdale Rd.

- By Jimmy Ellingham of APNZ

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