Name suppression lifted for woman accused of Southland murder

Dale Watene
Dale Watene
Name suppression has been lifted on the woman accused of murdering Southland man Dale Watene.

Sandy Maree Graham appeared by audiovisual link in the High Court at Invercargill today, where she faced a charge of murder.

A 23-year-old man, charged with accessory after the fact to murder in relation to Watene's death, continues to have interim name suppression.

The pair have pleaded not guilty to the charges laid against them in August.

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

Justice Nation remanded both until a pre-trial hearing in February, next year.

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

In August, police arrested and charged two people in relation to his murder.

On the occasion, Detective Senior Sergeant Stuart Harvey thanked the Otautau community for their support and assistance over the four months of investigation.






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