Murder trial jury retires

The jury retired at 11.40am to consider its verdict in the trial of Peter John Carroll, charged with the April 2016 murder of Marcus Luke Tucker, whose bashed and burnt body was found near Lake Ellesmere.

Justice Nicholas Davidson delivered his summing up to the jury from 10am on the ninth day of the trial in the High Court at Christchurch.

The Crown alleges Carroll, 52, murdered 36-year-old Tucker by bashing him with a metal steering lock because it was thought he had taken part in the robbery of a drugs dealer the previous month. The Crown says Tucker was not one of the robbers and it was a case of mistaken identity.

Carroll – who said he would admit manslaughter – said he bashed Tucker to teach him a lesson for doing drug deals using counterfeit $100 notes. He told the jury he did not mean to kill him.

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