6 Sep 2019

Trial date set for man accused of killing pedestrian while fleeing police in Christchurch

12:41 pm on 6 September 2019

A trial date has been set for a Christchurch man accused of killing a pedestrian while fleeing police during a car chase in New Brighton.

The alleged hit-and-run driver, Liam Strickland, appeared via video link this morning in the High Court in Christchurch before Judge Gerald Nation.

Strickland is charged with the murder of pedestrian Dean Michael Amies, who was struck by a van in New Brighton on 7 August.

The 21-year-old was also charged with dangerous driving, reckless driving, assaulting a police officer by using a car as a weapon, unlawfully taking a $4000 van, failing to stop for the police using lights and sirens, and driving while disqualified.

Justice Nation set the date for a 3 week-trial on 7 September, 2020.

Defence counsel Rupert Glover said pleas would be entered at the next appearance on 6 December.

Strickland would remain in custody until then.