THE man accused of the stabbing murder of an Armidale plumber will stay behind bars until at least April after the case was adjourned in court.
Andrew John Osmand has been in custody since he was arrested by detectives on the morning of June 22.
He is charged with murdering Kenneth Hodges by stabbing him in the neck sometime between 6.50pm on June 21 and 8.30am on June 22.
On Wednesday, magistrate Michael Holmes adjourned the case to allow investigators to continue to gather outstanding items for the brief of evidence.
Osmand made no application for bail and it was formally refused.
The case has been adjourned to April.
Detectives allege Osmand stabbed the 43-year-old during an incident at the house on Dangars Falls Rd at Dangarsleigh.
The pair were both staying at the property at the time of the incident.
Detectives attached to Strike Force Kinsella – the police operation set up in the wake of the stabbing murder – continue to investigate Mr Hodges’ death.