7 Aug 2019

Name suppression continues for man accused of murdering 2yo girl

11:51 am on 7 August 2019

The man accused of murdering a two-year-old girl in the Bay of Plenty will keep his name suppressed until his next court appearance.

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Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

The 37-year-old appeared in the High Court at Tauranga today via audio visual link.

He was arrested and charged with murder on Thursday July 18, almost four months after Nevaeh Jahkaya Whatukura Ager's body was discovered on the tidal flats of Little Waihi on 21 March.

At the time, police said they attended after reports of disorder in the area and later discovered the little girl's body.

Following a short investigation into the child's death, police launched a homicide investigation.

During today's court appearance, a trial date was set for October 2020 and the trial is expected to take three weeks.

The accused has been remanded in custody until a case review hearing on 9 October.

This story was first published on SunLive.