26 Nov 2019

Man denies murder charge, admits taking victim's car

2:19 pm on 26 November 2019

By Rob Kidd for the Otago Daily Times

A man has denied a charge of murder but admitted unlawfully taking the victim's car.

John Collins, the man accused of murdering Brent Andrew Bacon in Waitati, north of Dunedin, in February 2019.

John Collins Photo: Otago Daily Times

John Kenneth Collins, 37, appeared before the High Court at Dunedin this morning, by audio-visual link from prison, in front of Justice Gerald Nation.

He entered a not guilty plea to the murder of Brent Andrew Bacon whose body was found at a rural location north of Waitati on 18 February, the day after police converged on a crime scene at Lock St, St Clair.

Collins admitted taking Mr Bacon's dark blue Toyota people mover on 5 February.

It was later found in Picton.

Collins, who is in custody, will next appear in court in February.

A trial date of 11 May has been scheduled.

- This story originally appeared in the Otago Daily Times