Custody remands in murder case

May 19, 2016 | By More

High Court-panoply1Three people charged in relation to the murder of Marcus Luke Tucker have been remanded in custody for a month without pleas at a call-over in the High Court at Christchurch.

The three will next appear at another call-over on June 24, when the Crown has signalled they will likely be joined by a fourth person, who has been charged with assaulting Tucker on the day of the alleged murder.

The police are expected to provide disclosure – details of their case and the evidence to be called – to the defence counsel before the next appearance.

Peter John Carroll, 51, is accused of the murder of the Tucker, whose bashed, wrapped, and burnt body was found at Doyleston near Lake Ellesmere on April 25. He is accused of murdering Tucker the previous day in Christchurch.

A 31-year-old woman who has name suppression, and Anthony Richard Dawson, 28, a supervisor and harvest manager from Leeston, south of Christchurch, are charged with helping Carroll to avoid arrest for murder by concealing evidence.

George Perry Waata, 51, has been charged separately with assaulting Tucker with intent to injure on April 24. He is alleged to have committed the assault jointly, with Carroll.

Waata is next due to appear on remand in the Christchurch District Court on May 26, but Crown prosecutor Claire Boshier said today the Crown would seek to have the case joined to the main case and Waata should also appear with the others on June 24. He remains in custody.

After the next High Court appearance, the case will be remanded to a case review hearing on July 29.

Andrew Bailey appeared for Carroll, Tony Garrett appeared for the woman, and Kerry Cook appeared for Dawson.

No bail applications were made today.


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