Police have moved to join a serious assault charge with the murder prosecution over the death of Marcus Luke Tucker, whose body was found near Lake Ellesmere a month ago.
The transfer to the High Court was made when George Perry Waata, 51, appeared by video-link from the men’s prison in the Christchurch District Court today.
Defence counsel Josh Lucas explained that the police were applying to join the charge to the case against Peter John Carroll, 51, of Bishopdale, who is the only person charged with the actual murder.
Waata is charged with assaulting Tucker with intent to injure on April 24, the day before his bashed, wrapped, and burnt body was found at Doyleston, near the lake.
Two other people, a woman whose name is suppressed and Anthony Richard Dawson, 28, of Leeston, have been charged with being an accessory to murder by helping Carroll to avoid arrest by concealing evidence.
Judge Gary MacAskill transferred the case against Waata by remanding him in custody to appear next in the High Court for a pre-trial call-over on June 24 at the same time as the other three.
None of the four have entered pleas.