Murder charge against Wellington man dropped

Paddy Woods outside the High Court in Wellington. - Photo: RNZ / Ana Tovey

A murder charge against a Wellington man for the death of Zena Campbell last year has been dismissed.

Justice David Collins dismissed the charge against Paddy Woods at the High Court in Wellington today.

The body of Ms Campbell, 21, was found in a parked car in central Wellington in February last year.

Mr Woods had pleaded not guilty to murder in February last year.

Justice Collins said today evidence showed strangulation was not considered to be a substantial cause of Ms Campbell's death.

That meant the jury could not be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Woods caused the death, he said.