Kurt Bayer is a Herald reporter based in Christchurch

Man charged with murder after body found in Canterbury appears in court

A man charged with the brutal murder of Marcus Luke Tucker whose body was found burned and dumped by a Canterbury lake can now be named.

Peter John Carroll, 51, of Bishopdale, Christchurch was arrested yesterday and appeared from custody wearing a black T-shirt at Christchurch District Court today.

No application for bail was made and he was remanded in custody to next appear in the High Court at Christchurch on May 20.

Defence counsel Kiran Paima applied for interim name suppression until his next appearance, claiming that having his identity revealed could jeopardise his employment.

But Judge Stephen O'Driscoll declined the interim name suppression application after not being satisfied with the arguments.

The lawyer indicated that his client wanted to appeal the decision, and the judge gave him an 11.30am deadline to file the appeal, otherwise the name's man would be free to be published.

No appeal was lodged.

A 31-year-old woman also appeared in court today, charged with conspiring with Carroll to assault Tucker and also with being an accessory after the fact to murder.

The 31-year-old woman was granted interim name suppression.

She was remanded in custody without plea to appear at Christchurch District Court on May 16.

The body of Mr Tucker, 36, was found dumped near Lake Ellesmere on Drain Rd, Doyleston on Anzac Day.

He was severely assaulted before his body was burned and then reportedly wrapped in some material, police say.

After yesterday's arrests, police conducted a scene examination at Carroll's Bishopdale home.

Police are also appealing for any sightings of a grey 1994 Nissan Cefiro travelling between Ruskin St, Addington, and Leeston on the evening of April 24 or the morning of April 25.

"These arrests have been the result of a hardworking and highly skilled team of investigators," said Detective Inspector Tom Fitzgerald.

"This has been a challenging inquiry, but my staff have worked tirelessly throughout the week to ensure the family of Mr Tucker have some answers.

"I'd also like to thank the community for their support and understanding so far. We've received an excellent response from them in terms of information throughout our investigation."

- NZ Herald

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