10 Oct 2018

Woman accused of murdering teenager to go to trial next year

12:03 pm on 10 October 2018

A 28-year-old woman charged with murdering a teeanger made a brief appearance in court as as people shouted abuse from the public gallery.

Exterior of the Auckland High Court

The High Court in Auckland Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

The woman, who has name suppression, appeared at the High Court in Auckland today where Justice Moore set a date for her trial in September next year.

Her co-accused, a 24-year-old man, was excused from attending today.

As the woman was led from the dock, abuse was yelled from the public gallery, including one woman who called her a murderer.

The accused woman responded with an expletive.

The body of Demetrius Pairama, 17, was found at an empty Housing New Zealand house in Māngere in July.

Police said a post mortem examination indicated Ms Pairama died the day before her body was found.

They said she was a vulnerable female.