Man accused of Whangarei homicide named



The man accused of murdering a Whangarei woman can now be named.

James Akuhata, 29, appeared in Whangarei District Court on Wednesday.

He's charged with the murder of 21-year-old Ashlee Louise-Anne Edwards, whose body was found about 2am on Friday in the Waiarohia stream.

Akuhata's name suppression has now lapsed, a court official confirmed.

He's set to reappear in court on August 22.

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