Name suppression lifted in Duckmanton murder trial

Renee Duckmanton. Photo / Facebook
Renee Duckmanton. Photo / Facebook

The man accused of murdering Christchurch woman Renee Duckmanton can be named.

Name suppression lapsed today for Sainey Marong, a 32-year-old butcher from the Christchurch suburb of Ilam, understood to be originally from Gambia.

Miss Duckmanton's burned body was found dumped on the verge of Main Rakaia Rd, 500m from State Highway 1 on May 15 this year. The 22-year-old sex worker was last seen a day earlier near the Peterborough and Manchester streets intersection in Christchurch's red light district.

Marong has been remanded in custody and will appear at the High Court in Christchurch for a case review hearing on August 19.

At Marong'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.

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

- NZ Herald

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