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Scott Jamie Cole pleads not guilty to Stuart Flats murder

A man accused of a fatal stabbing at the Stuart Flats last month has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Scott Jamie Cole, 40, allegedly stabbed the resident to death during a dispute at the Griffith public housing complex on February 29.

Police were called to the scene about 4.30pm and found the body of 46-year-old Jason Hollingshed.

Cole was arrested and charged with murder.

He appeared for a second time in the ACT Magistrates Court on Tuesday, and his legal aid lawyer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Prosecutor Anthony Williamson asked the court for an extended period before Cole was committed to the ACT Supreme Court.


He said the prosecution was waiting on a large volume of forensic evidence to be compiled, including a blood spatter report.

Magistrate Peter Morrison granted the extension, and the case will now come back to court in 15 weeks time.

Little detail has emerged so far about the killing, and a police statement of facts, which sets out the case against Cole, has not been tendered.

On the last appearance before the court, Mr Williamson described Cole as "extremely violent and dangerous".

He 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.

"The hospital would not be as secure as the [Alexander Maconochie Centre] would be," Mr Williamson said.

Cole's mental health was assessed by mental health workers before his last appearance, and he was to be further assessed while residing in the prison.

The case will return to court on July 5.