Trial begins for pair accused of brutally kidnapping, torturing and murdering 17yo Dimetrius Pairama

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A jury in the High Court at Auckland has heard a murdered teenage girl was offered a choice as to how she would die.

It came as the trial of Kerry Te Amo and Ashley Winter began on Thursday; the pair are accused of the brutal kidnap, torture and murder in July last year.

The Crown says their victim, 17-year-old Dimetrius Pairama, had been tortured inside an abandoned statehouse before she was killed and her body dumped in a steel drum in the backyard.

Pairama was described as a beautiful, bright and bubbly teenager. She was in Oranga Tamariki care at the time of her killing. 

Winter had owned up to the kidnapping, her lawyer Matt Goodwin said, adding she didn't act alone.

"The allegations against the two are that they kidnapped a young woman, subjected her to a period of torture and then they killed her," Justice Timothy Brewer said.