Duckmanton family's anger as murder-accused pleads not guilty

Renee Duckmanton (file)
Renee Duckmanton (file)

The family of slain Christchurch woman Renee Duckmanton have again hurled death threats at her accused killer as he appeared in court for a case review.

Sainey Marong pleaded not guilty to the murder of the 22-year-old in the Christchurch High Court on Friday morning, denying killing the sex worker and dumping her badly burnt body in Rakaia in May.

Ms Duckmanton's family screamed "piece of sh*t" as Marong took the stand. 

They shouted "I hate you" and "set you on fire" as the review finished and Marong was taken back into custody.

Ms Duckmanton's aunt had to be removed from the court for lunging at the man during his first hearing in May.

Her family described her as a "bright spirit" with a "beautiful smile".

Marong has been remanded in custody and will reappear in court in November.

His trial is set for next June.