Part­ner charged with Kim Louise’s mur­der

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When Waikato woman Kim Louise Rich­mond was buried on June 20 her part­ner of 26 years, Cory Scott Jef­feries, did not at­tend her funeral.

It can now be re­vealed it was be­cause he was the per­son stand­ing in the dock of the Hamil­ton District Court charged with her mur­der.

At a sub­se­quent ap­pear­ance on Tues­day last week, in­terim name sup­pres­sion lapsed and Jef­feries was re­vealed as the per­son ac­cused of Rich­mond’s death.

Jef­feries was ar­rested days af­ter Rich­mond’s body was dis­cov­ered in her Ford Ranger which was pulled from Lake Ara­puni in the South Waikato nearly a year af­ter she went miss­ing.

At Tues­day’s hear­ing his lawyer, Thomas Sut­cliffe, pleaded not guilty on be­half of his client, who ap­pealed via video link.

‘‘There were no re­ported sight­ings of her since her dis­ap­pear­ance.’’

Fam­ily and sup­port­ers, of Jef­feries and Rich­mond, sat in the pub­lic gallery of the court.

High Court Jus­tice Sarah Katz re­manded Jef­feries un­til his next ap­pear­ance in Oc­to­ber, where it is ex­pected a trial date will be set.

Jef­feries has ap­plied for bail with his case due to be heard in two weeks’ time.

Po­lice said Rich­mond, a moth­erof-three was last seen at her home in Aro­hena, near Te Awa­mutu, in the early hours of July 31, 2016.

There were no re­ported sight­ings of her since her dis­ap­pear­ance.

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