Woman accused of assaulting murder victim seeks legal costs

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

A woman who was accused of assaulting homicide victim Rae Portman is demanding police pay her legal bills after they dropped the charge.

Model Voi Marie King, 30, was initially charged with assaulting Ms Portman in the days leading up to her disappearance on June 20 last year, but the allegation was dropped after she made three court appearances.

At the Manukau District Court today Judge Greg Hikaka said there was an issue over whether the charge had been dismissed or withdrawn.

The distinction is important because it determines whether costs can be awarded, he said.

The matter has been remanded until June.

Ms Portman, 33, was four months pregnant when she went missing. Her body was found on a south Auckland farm four months later. Paraire Hori Te Awa has been charged with her murder.

There was no suggestion Ms King had anything to do with Ms Portman's disappearance, said police.

- APNZ

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