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Three in court over Doyleston killing

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/05/2016 By Cleo Fraser

Three people have appeared in court in connection to the alleged murder of a Christchurch man whose burnt body was found in rural Canterbury.

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

Three of the four people charged in relation to his death, including the man accused of his murder Peter John Carroll, fronted the High Court at Christchurch on Thursday where they were remanded in custody.

Anthony Richard Dawson and a 31-year-old woman, who has interim name suppression, are both charged with trying to hide evidence so Carroll could avoid arrest.

The woman is also accused of conspiring to assault Mr Tucker.

The trio did not enter pleas and their cases were adjourned until June 24.

A fourth man is also in custody after being charged with assaulting the 36-year-old with intent to injure.

He is expected to appear alongside his co-accused next month.

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