Armidale murder: Andrew John Osmand still to enter plea in NSW Supreme Court, accused killing Armidale plumber Kenneth Hodges

In custody: Andrew John Osmand is charged with murdering Kenneth Hodges near Armidale in June. Photo: Facebook

In custody: Andrew John Osmand is charged with murdering Kenneth Hodges near Armidale in June. Photo: Facebook

THE man accused of killing an Armidale plumber is yet to formally enter a plea in the supreme court.

Andrew John Osmand is charged with the stabbing murder of Kenneth Hodges in Dangersleigh on June 21 last year.

He was due to appear in the NSW Supreme Court in Sydney for an arraignment to enter a plea but the case was adjourned by Justice Elizabeth Fullerton.

Deceased: Kenneth Hodges was a popular boxer and plumber in Armidale. Photo: The Armidale Express

Deceased: Kenneth Hodges was a popular boxer and plumber in Armidale. Photo: The Armidale Express

Osmand made no application for bail and it was formally refused by Justice Fullerton, who ordered the case to return to court in August.

Once the 48-year-old formally enters a plea, the Crown and defence will determine the length of the murder trial, and whether it will be held in Armidale or Sydney.

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In April, Osmand didn’t enter a plea but waived his right to a committal hearing where he could have challenged the evidence, and instead Armidale Local Court was told he would head straight to trial.

Crime scene: Forensic police and detectives at the property at Dangarsleigh near Armidale in June after Mr Hodge's body was discovered.

Crime scene: Forensic police and detectives at the property at Dangarsleigh near Armidale in June after Mr Hodge's body was discovered.

Osmand is accused of murdering Mr Hodges by stabbing him in the the neck at the property they were both staying at, on Dangars Falls Rd at Dangarsleigh.

Strike Force Kinsella – the police operation by Armidale detectives to investigate Mr Hodges’ death – arrested Osmand at the Dangarsleigh property on the morning of June 22.

Detectives allege Osmand stabbed the 43-year-old during an incident at the house on the outskirts of Armidale, sometime between the night of June 21 and the morning of June 22.

This story Miner yet to enter plea in stabbing murder of local plumber first appeared on The Northern Daily Leader.