Matthew Stevens murder accused pleads guilty

  • 01/10/2015
Matthew Stevens (Supplied)
Matthew Stevens (Supplied)

One of the three people accused of murdering Lower Hutt man Matthew Stevens has changed his plea to guilty.

Stuart Graham Wilton, 27, entered the new plea when he appeared in the High Court at Wellington this morning.

Mr Stevens, 32, was found dead beside his car on the Paekakariki Hill Rd, on the Kapiti Coast, on November 28 last year in what police initially thought was a crash.

A post-mortem examination showed he had been beaten and stabbed repeatedly.

In April, Wilton was one of three people who pleaded not guilty to the murder and a trial date was set for February next year.

The others are Kelly Leigh Crook, 28, and Darrin John Wilkie-Morris, 24.

Justice Simon France convicted Wilton and remanded him in custody to October 28 for sentencing.

When Wilkie-Morris and Wilton entered their pleas in April, cries of "liar" and "pig" came from the public gallery - with some supporters of Mr Stevens yelling the death penalty should be brought as the hearing ended.

Justice France warned the crowd to keep their emotions in check.

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