Sina Solomona. Photo / Supplied
A young mother, presumed murdered after she was dropped
home early on Saturday morning, was still alive when her
stepbrother found her in a pool of blood.
Sina Nerisa Solomona, 22, tried to speak to her stepbrother
when he discovered her on the ground near the back door of
her Ashburton home, Detective Senior Sergeant John Rae said.
``She appeared to be trying to speak to him. He needed to get
help urgently,'' Mr Rae told Radio New Zealand this morning.
With no phone at the house where Ms Solomona was found, the
stepbrother ran to get help.
Other family members came back to the house and tried to
revive Ms Solomona as ambulance staff gave advice on CPR over
Police and other emergency services eventually arrived at the
scene, where Ms Solomona was pronounced dead.
Mr Rae said investigating what happened to the young mother
``seems to be quite a puzzle''.
``She worked at the freezing works, she liked a drink or two,
but there's no indication as to why this actually would have
happened,'' Mr Rae told RNZ.
Ms Solomona worked at Canterbury Meat Packers and had
finished an afternoon shift about 1am on Saturday.
She went to a friend's place before ringing her twin sister's
partner who agreed to pick her up and drive her to her Cass
St home, where she livedwith extended family.
Mr Rae said there did not appear to be anyone home, and Ms
Solomona's brother-in-law offered to go inside with her.
Ms Solomona said she was fine to go inside alone, and her
brother-in-law drove off.
There is a small window between when Ms Solomona arrived home
about 2.30am and when her stepbrother found her about 2.45am.
Police said she suffered severe head trauma and a post mortem
examination in Christchurch today (Mon)is expected to reveal
more detail about how she died.
Sina lived at the house with her mother Anuella, her mother's
partner, her 3-year-old daughter Kaira, her twin sister
Loretta, her sister's partner and her two brothers.
None of the family were believed to have been home because
they were at another family property in the town.
Anuella Solomona said her daughter was a loving and beautiful
person and the family was in deep shock.
"They just don't believe someone could do something like
this, if there was any people hate us, any people had
trouble, problem with us ... I don't think so,'' she said.
The family had lived in Ashburton since 2002, with many
members working at CMP Canterbury.
Kaira believed her mother was at work and Anuella explained
that the only time Sina was not with her daughter was when
she was at work.
"She loved her daughter, she loves her friends, she loves
anyone. Until now I'm still questioning who would do this,''
Mr Rae said police were preparing a time line and looking at
CCTV footage from locations in Ashburton.
An unsuccessful search for a weapon on surrounding streets is
believed to have been undertaken, and Mr Rae confirmed some
items, one of particular interest, was missing from the house
and could have been discarded by someone leaving the scene.
Sina did not have a partner, and there was no suggestion she
had been drinking after being at work for the evening. She
was with friends when she needed a ride home, and got a
family member to pick her up.
Police were examining the scene in conjunction with ESR staff
and making enquiries to establish her movements in the hours
leading up to when her body was found.
"Enquiries have are also being made with her associates and
others who may have had relevant information to pass to the
investigation. The enquiries are ongoing,'' Mr Rae said.
He said family members were being helpful.
"They are deeply shocked, they are trying to resolve she's no
longer with them.''
Sina's body was moved from the house around midday yesterday,
and the property was likely to remain cordoned off today as
scene examinations continue.
- Susan Sandys, Ashburton Guardian