Andrew John Osmand refused bail, charged with murdering Armidale boxer, plumber Kenneth Hodges at Dangarsleigh, near Armidale

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.

THE man accused of killing an Armidale plumber will spend Christmas behind bars after his case was adjourned in court.

Andrew John Osmand is yet to enter a plea to the charge of murdering Kenneth Hodges by stabbing him in the neck sometime between 6.50pm on June 21 and 8.30am on June 22.

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

On Wednesday, Magistrate Michael Holmes adjourned the case to February to allow Armidale detectives to gather further evidence.

He’s ordered the brief of evidence to be served on the defence team by late-January.

Osmand made no application for bail and it was formally refused.