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Man accused of Stuart Flats stabbing death to stand trial in the ACT Supreme Court

A man accused of stabbing his neighbour to death at a Griffith public housing complex earlier this year is set to fight a murder charge at trial.

Scott Jamie Cole, 40, pleaded not guilty to killing Jason Hollingshed, 46, during an alleged argument at Stuart Flats on February 29.

Police were called to the scene and found Mr Hollingshed's body about 4.30pm.

Cole was arrested at the scene and charged with murder.

Trevor John Hobbs, 48, was charged with being an accessory after the fact to the murder, but that charge was dropped last month after the prosecution said there was not enough evidence to pursue it.

Cole represented himself when he appeared briefly before the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday.


Magistrate Peter Morrison committed him to stand trial in the ACT Supreme Court.

The defendant, who was previously represented by Legal Aid, indicated he would seek legal assistance before the matter went to trial.

Few details of the alleged murder have been aired in court.

Crown prosecutor Anthony Williamson had asked for an extended period before Cole was committed as the prosecution was waiting for a large volume of forensic evidence to be compiled, including a blood spatter report.

On a previous appearance, he had described Cole as "extremely violent and dangerous".

Mr Williamson opposed moves by Cole's defence to have him placed in the Canberra Hospital's mental health unit, saying there was a risk he might escape.

Cole was remanded in custody and the matter will come before the higher court later this month.