Man pleads not guilty to murder of dog walker at Christchurch park
An 18-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing a Christchurch dog walker has pleaded not guilty to murder.
Nigel Wilson, 62, died in hospital a week after being found seriously injured at Christchurch's Bexley Reserve where he had been walking his dog on 14 November.
Bailey Messervy appeared at the Christchurch High Court this morning, along with two women facing charges of accessory to murder after the fact.
Messervy entered a not guilty plea to a murder charge through his lawyer.
The women have interim name suppression, and one pleaded not guilty while the other has yet to enter a plea.
Police raided two properties in nearby Corhampton Street in Aranui two days after the stabbing, when they announced the arrests.
One of Wilson's children launched a Givealittle page in November appealing for help from the public to cover costs associated with his father's death.
"We have dropped everything to be bedside with Dad and want to be in the position to grieve without the weight of financial stress on top of an already unfathomably difficult time," a statement on the page said.
Messervy was remanded in custody and the women were remanded on bail.
He will reappear later this month, and all three will appear again on 10 March.