Drug charges laid against murder accessory accused

Court House-general 3A man charged with helping to conceal evidence after an alleged murder appeared in the Christchurch District Court again today on four charges of importing drugs into Auckland.

Anthony Richard Dawson, a 36-year-old harvest manager, faces two charges that on or before January 17 he imported methamphetamine into New Zealand, on or before March 7 he imported a class B controlled drug (GBL), and on or before March 22 he imported another class B controlled drug (Ecstasy).

Dawson is next due to appear in the High Court at Christchurch on May 20 for the charge of suppressing evidence against Peter John Carroll in order to enable him to avoid arrest, and today he was remanded to the Christchurch District Court for the drugs charges to May 19.

Judge Paul Kellar remanded Dawson in custody so that he can arrange legal advice.

Carroll, 51, has been charged with the alleged murder of Marcus Luke Tucker whose bashed and burnt body was found near Lake Ellesmere on April 25. The body was found wrapped and dumped in the Doyleston area near the lake.

An alleged co-offender was also charged with helping Carroll to conceal evidence, knowing that he had committed the murder of Tucker. The 31-year-old woman was granted name suppression and remanded to the same High Court session on May 20.

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