McMurdo murder accused in court
Two men have appeared in the North Shore District Court charged with the murder of West Auckland man Lee Ross McMurdo.
Andrew Parry Nicholson, 24, and a 26-year-old unemployed west Auckland man, who has been granted interim name suppression, together face 21 charges including murder, conspiring to supply methamphetamine, offering methamphetamine and stealing a car.
The unemployed West Auckland man has been granted name suppression for 24 hours so he can inform his relatives.
Both men were remanded in custody until September 4.
West Harbour resident Victoria Anna Jackson, 20, has also been charged in relation to the case.
She faces six charges including conspiring to supply methamphetamine with the unemployed 26-year old West Auckland man, offering to supply methamphetamine and supplying methamphetamine.
Jackson was remanded on bail also until September 4 with the conditions that she surrenders her passport, possesses no alcohol and does not operate a cell phone. She must not contact Nicholson his co-accused.
McMurdo was found dead by his daughter Lateasha, 12, at his rural home, 10km south of Helensville on July 29, but it is believed he died on the morning of July 27.
The 32-year-old was last seen alive on July 26 at 1.40pm and police have previously said they think his murder may have been an "unintended consequence" of a burglary or a debt recovery attempt.
At the time of his death McMurdo is believed to have been dealing MDVP or "bath salts" - a new party drug that has had violent side affects on some users overseas.
He had previously been charged with growing cannabis.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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