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Murder charge denied over burnt body

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 23/06/2016 By Cleo Fraser

A man has denied murdering a Christchurch man whose burnt body was found near a Canterbury lake earlier this year.

Police allege Marcus Luke Tucker was brutally assaulted on April 24 before his burnt body was dumped near Lake Ellesmere at Doyleston the following day.

Peter John Carroll, 51, appeared in the High Court at Christchurch on Friday where he pleaded not guilty to the 36-year-old's murder.

Three others also appeared in court charged in relation to the alleged killing.

George Perry Waata pleaded not guilty to assaulting Mr Tucker with intent to injure, while Anthony Richard Dawson did not enter a plea in relation to one charge of trying to hide evidence so Carroll could avoid arrest.

A 31-year-old woman, who has interim name suppression, faces the same charge as Dawson as well as conspiring to assault Mr Tucker.

She entered no plea on both charges.

All four are due back in court for a case review hearing on July 29, while Waata is also expected to front a bail hearing on July 5.

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