Fine Lady Bakeries employee Shahid Rehman has appeared at Oxford Crown Court charged with the murder of colleague Imran Shah.
The 29-year-old Urdu speaker will reappear in the New Year to deliver his plea.
The two men lived near each other in Banbury and worked the nightshift together at Fine Lady Bakeries.
Mr Shah, 23, was stabbed several times in the bakery’s car park at about 2.30am on November 27. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Horton Hospital.