Two to stand trial after Christchurch man's death

Two men accused of murdering a Christchurch man who died in hospital from serious burn injuries will stand trial later this year.

Shay Barry Webster, 21, and Jason Alistor Barr, 43, are charged with murdering Terrance Martin Smith on Anzac Day last year.

A Christchurch High Court official today confirmed that a trial is now scheduled to start on November 24.

Smith, 55, received burns to more than 30 per cent of his body during the incident.

Barr, of Waltham, and Webster, of Woolston, had originally been jointly charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

But police upgraded the charges to murder after Mr Smith died in Auckland's Middlemore Hospital three weeks later.

- By Kurt Bayer of APNZ