Alleged murderer to face trial

The woman charged with the murder of Southland man Dale Watene has pleaded not guilty to his killing.

The 30-year-old woman appeared by audiovisual link in the High Court at Invercargill yesterday, where she faced a charge of murder.

A 23-year-old man also pleaded not guilty to a charge of being accessory after the fact to murder, in relation to Mr Watene's death.

Both had interim name suppression granted and their pleas were entered through their counsels.

Justice Robert Osborne remanded the man on bail and the woman in custody for a case review hearing on October 27.

A trial date for the case was set for August 9 next year. It is believed it could take three weeks.

The body of Mr Watene (40) was found by police at the Longwood Forestry block in May, about a month after he went missing.

Early this month, Southland police arrested and charged two people in relation to the murder of Mr Watene.

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