A youth has appeared in court this morning charged with
murdering Ashburton mother Sina Solomona at the weekend.
The youth was interviewed by police last night and charged
with killing the 22-year old in the early hours of Saturday
She was found in a pool of blood at her Ashburton home.
There was a window of about 15 minutes between when Ms
Solomona was dropped home by her brother-in-law and when her
stepbrother found her in a pool of blood.
The youth appeared at Youth Court in Christchurch early today
and was remanded in custody to reappear on January 14 at
Ashburton District Court.
Police would not comment on the gender or age of the charged
Detective Senior Sergeant John Rae said "enquiries are
continuing at a number of sites of interest to ensure that
all relevant information is obtained.
"We are continuing to gather evidence to put together a full
picture of the events around Ms Solomona's death," Mr Rae
Police collected "a number of items relevant to the
investigation" during searches yesterday.
A forensic examination continues at the Cass St scene where
Ms Solomona lived with some of her family members.
Mr Rae said police hoped to be able to release the scene back
to the family today.
Ms Solomona's body was released to her family yesterday and
her funeral will be held in Ashburton on Saturday.