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Man accused of brutal Chch murder named

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 2/05/2016 By Cleo Fraser
Drain Road where the body was found. © CTV Drain Road where the body was found.

Two people have appeared in court charged over the alleged brutal murder of a Christchurch man whose body was found in a Canterbury town.

Police allege Peter John Carroll, 51, brutally assaulted Marcus Tucker on April 24 before dumping his burnt body which was found near Lake Ellesmere at Doyleston, south of Christchurch, the following day.

A 31-year-old woman, who can't be named, is accused of conspiring to assault Mr Tucker and hiding evidence so Carroll could avoid arrest.

Both appeared in Christchurch District Court on Monday.

Carroll, sporting a goatie and wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, made no comment in court.

Judge Stephen O'Driscoll rejected an application for interim name suppression made by a duty lawyer who argued naming the murder-accused could impact his job.

Carroll was remanded in custody and his case will next be heard in the High Court at Christchurch on May 20.

A 31-year-old woman also appeared briefly on two charges - conspiring with Carroll to assault Mr Tucker and hiding evidence so her co-accused could avoid arrest.

She was granted interim name suppression and remanded in custody until her case is next heard in the same court on May 16.

Carroll faces life imprisonment if convicted and the woman faces a maximum jail term of eight years for both charges.

Police divers have scoured Lake Ellesmere and detectives have searched properties at Bishopdale and Addington in Christchurch as part of their investigation

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