Kurt Bayer is a Herald reporter based in Christchurch

Renee Duckmanton murder accused abused in court

Renee Duckmanton's burned body was found on a rural Canterbury road on May 15. Photo / Supplied
Renee Duckmanton's burned body was found on a rural Canterbury road on May 15. Photo / Supplied

The man accused of murdering Christchurch woman Renee Duckmanton was verbally abused by her family again as he appeared in court for the second time today.

The 22-year-old sex worker's burned body was found on a rural Canterbury road on May 15 - the day after she was last seen near the Peterborough and Manchester streets intersection in Christchurch's red light district.

A 31-year-old man was later charged with her murder.

As he appeared at the High Court in Christchurch this morning for a pre-trial session, members of Miss Duckmanton's family were in tears and her father was visibly shaking.

The accused has interim name suppression to allow his defence counsel Phil Shamy time to appeal Justice Cameron Mander's decision to lift the suppression order.

The man, from the Christchurch suburb of Ilam, was remanded in custody until August 19.

But as he was led back into the cells, the family yelled they hoped he would, "Die".

Miss Duckmanton's mother shouted abuse at the man, saying he had taken her daughter and had to be escorted from the court room by victim support workers.

At the accused's first appearance at Christchurch District Court on May 27, the courtroom had to be cleared after her family hurled abuse at him and even lunged at him in the dock.

Police have said they believe Miss Duckmanton's death was related to her work in the sex industry in central Christchurch.

Her body was found burned and dumped on the roadside verge of Main Rakaia Rd, 500m from State Highway 1 on May 15.

Miss Duckmanton's aunt Sue McGrath earlier said the death has "broken my family

- NZ Herald

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