6 May 2014

Dunedin man charged with murder

11:48 am on 6 May 2014

A Dunedin demolition worker has been charged with murdering a man at a city centre bar ten days ago.

Ryan Court, 35, was found in the toilet area of the Craft Bar in the Octagon after an alleged assault.

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The homicide inquiry focused on a group of three men, and in particular one seen leaving that part of the bar around the time of the assault without a shirt on.

One of the group, Stephen Fernyhough, 25, was initially charged with assault but on Tuesday morning the police upgraded that to a charge of murder.

Mr Fernyhough briefly appeared in Dunedin District Court and pleaded not guilty.

He is due to reappear in court on 20 May.