An Auckland man who concealed the death of a friend for three years has pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The headless skeleton of young musician Javed Mills was found in a Mt Wellington garage in September 2011.
James Grant Cooper, 24, has pleaded not guilty to Mills' murder but he yesterday admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice by concealing Mills' death.
Police identified the incomplete skeletal remains of 25-year-old Mills earlier this year after an eight-month investigation.
Contractors doing demolition work at an abandoned Mt Wellington property found the skeleton.
Mills said goodbye to his mother Lichelle in early 2009 so he could have space to "live his life".
She received notice through social networking sites toward the end of that year that he was in Wellington with like-minded musicians. The message allayed Lichelle's fears though it is not clear if Mills was alive when the messages were sent.
Cooper yesterday pleaded guilty to concealing Mills' death between July 23, 2009 and June 5, 2012.
The police caption summary of the charge was suppressed as parts of it were disputed.
The dispute would be decided at Cooper's murder trial in July next year.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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