A MAN has denied a charge of murdering David Guy, whose torso was found on Southsea beach.
David Hilder appeared in court today where he entered a not guilty plea to the charge of murder.
Wearing a short-sleeved white shirt the 46-year-old sat in the glass dock of court one at Winchester Crown Court flanked by four security guards.
He spoke only to confirm his identity and enter the not guilty plea during the 10 minute hearing.
A four-week trial is due to start on July 1 next year. Hilder is being defended by William Mousley QC.
Prosecutor Nigel Lickley QC said there were still ongoing inquiries being carried out in the investigation, including forensic work.
Mr Guys dismembered torso was discovered wrapped in a pink curtain in a black bin bag on the beach in front of The Pyramids, Southsea, shortly before 5.30pm on July 3.
The gruesome discovery was made by a group of foreign students.
It sparked a huge police investigation, named Operation Nimbus.
Officers searched areas including an allotment in Locksway Road, Milton.
Specialist Sussex Police divers scoured the coastline in front of Castle Field, Southsea, where the lower part of Mr Guys body was found at about 8am three days later on July 6 the morning after Hilder was arrested on suspicion of his murder.
Police put up posters featuring images of Mr Guy and a bike with a box on the front in the area as they appealed for information.
Two months after his death his funeral,atTrinity Methodist Church in Albert Road, Southsea, was packed with relatives and friends.
Mr Guy,30, was known to friends as Nic Nac and went to St Lukes School in Southsea - now Charter Academy.
Hilder, from Richmond Road, Southsea, was remanded in custody until the trial.
He nodded as Judge Keith Cutler CBE said: ‘You have pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder.
‘I adjourn you over in custody until the trial.’