Kiwi murder accused awaits trial
Wed, 29 Aug 2012 10:46a.m.
A trial date is still to be set for the former Napier city councillor charged with murdering his wife in Canada.
Peter Beckett, 54, is accused of killing his wife, Canadian school teacher Laura Letts-Beckett, 50, after she drowned while fishing on Arrow Lake, 600km inland from Vancouver, in 2010.
It was initially thought to be an accident, but in June last year Royal Canadian Mounted Police charged Beckett with her murder.
A trial date was meant to be set at a court hearing on Wednesday (NZT), but a spokeswoman for the court in Salmon Arm, BC, told NZ Newswire the case has been adjourned until September 12.
Beckett served one term on the Napier City Council from 1998 to 2001 before leaving to start a new life in Canada, where he worked as a school bus driver.
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