Name suppression for Ihaka Stokes murder accused


The man accused of murdering Christchurch toddler Ihaka Stokes has been granted an extra four days of name suppression.

The 22-year-old did not enter a plea during a brief appearance before Judge David Saunders in the Christchurch District Court this morning. Media applications to film and photograph the appearance were declined.

Charge sheets show he is accused of assaulting Ihaka on July 2 and murdering the toddler a day later.

The 14-month-old was taken to Christchurch Hospital on July 3 following what police have described as an extremely violent assault or assaults.

A post-mortem showed he had suffered multiple blunt force injuries including fractured bones.

The accused was remanded in custody briefly and reappeared before the court this afternoon to apply for bail.

Judge Stephen O'Driscoll declined the application, and extended his interim name suppression until at least 10am on Tuesday, but it may be extended further.

He has been remanded in custody due to reappear before the High Court at Christchurch in two weeks.

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