14 Oct 2014

Farm worker murder trial begins

3:28 pm on 14 October 2014

More than 130 witnesses are expected to be called in the trial of four men for the murder of a North Otago farm worker.

The trial, which started today in the High Court in Dunedin, is expected to take at least six weeks.

The Crown read a list of more than 130 witnesses expected to be called by the six legal teams involved.

The court spent the morning choosing a jury for the trial - a lengthy process because of the many challenges to potential jurors from lawyers.

The four men being tried for murder are Steven Boskell, Robert Cummings, and brothers Ryan and Jacob Geary-Smart, all from North Otago.

Stephanie Rose McCormack is charged with being an accessory to murder after the fact.

Justice Gendall has sent the jury away for the next day-and-a-half for closed-court legal arguments.