Electronic bail refused for Woodend murder accused

Electronically monitored bail has been refused for the teenager charged with the murder of Oliver Johnston, whose body was found on a Woodend property in early July.

Heath Eric Morris, 18, applied for release at a hearing before Justice Nick Davidson in the High Court at Christchurch today.

Morris’ trial has been set for August 5, 2019, on the charge of murdering Mr Johnston, also known as Oliver Greene, between June 23 and June 28.

Morris has been in custody since his arrest on July 1. He originally had name suppression but that order lapsed two weeks ago.

Justice Davidson heard submissions from defence counsel James Rapley and Crown prosecutor Shivani Dayal and then decided he would decline electronically monitored bail. He said he would issue his reasons for the refusal next week.

Only limited reporting of bail application hearings is permitted.

Justice Davidson remanded Morris to a pre-trial call-over on November 15.