The trial for a man accused of murdering his childhood friend has been adjourned until 2023.
Christchurch man David Charles Benbow was charged with the murder of Michael McGrath in September 2019.
McGrath, a builder, vanished from his Halswell home on May 21, 2017. His body has never been found despite intensive police searches.
Benbow was due to go to trial on August 9. However, on Tuesday a court spokeswoman confirmed the trial had been adjourned until February 13, 2023.
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Suppression orders prohibit further publication of the proceedings.
Benbow has been in custody since his arrest after being declined bail. He earlier pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.
Michael Craig McGrath went missing on May 21, 2017.
He went to the Court of Appeal regarding the High Courts decision to refuse him bail, but the appeal was dismissed.