Matthew Theunissen

Matthew Theunissen is a reporter for the Herald on Sunday.

Rae Portman case: Murder charge laid

Rae Portman. Photo / Supplied
Rae Portman. Photo / Supplied

A man has been charged with the murder of Rae Portman, whose body was found on a south Auckland farm four months after her family reported her missing.

Paraire Hori Te Awa, also known as 'Friday', was initially only charged with kidnapping but the additional charge of murder was laid yesterday and he appeared in Papakura District Court this morning.

His lawyer Peter Kaye did not apply for an interim name suppression order to be extended and it expired today.

Te Awa, 32, raised his eyebrows and mouthed words to supporters in the public gallery when he appeared briefly in the dock before being remanded in custody.

He will appear again later this month.

A 35-year-old south Auckland man has also been charged with kidnapping Ms Portman on June 20 or 21.

Ms Portman, 33, was four months pregnant when she went missing. Her body was found when police officers visited an Ardmore farm last month.

- NZ Herald

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