Marcus Tucker murder charge denied

June 24, 2016 | By More

chch-court-roomA 51-year-old Bishopdale man has denied the murder of Marcus Luke Tucker, whose bashed and burnt body was found dumped near Lake Ellesmere on Anzac Day.

Peter John Carroll entered the not guilty plea to the charge of murdering Tucker at Christchurch on April 24, when he made a pre-trial appearance in the High Court today.

George Perry Waata, aged 51, of Opawa, denied a charge of assaulting Tucker with intent to injure on the same day as the alleged murder. The charge is laid jointly, with Carroll.

Justice Cameron Mander remanded both men in custody to a case review hearing on July 29.

Defence counsel for Waata, Josh Lucas, said a bail application would be held his client on July 5.

Two other people charged with assisting Carroll to avoid arrest by concealing evidence, a woman, 31, who has interim name suppression, and Anthony Richard Dawson, 28, a harvest manager from Leeston, south of Christchurch, were called separately.

They entered no pleas and were remanded in custody to the same case review hearing.

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