Friends and neighbours of a 22-year-old woman charged with
murdering a man inside a Christchurch house last night have
been shocked by the death.
The woman was granted name suppression when she appeared from
custody at Christchurch District Court this morning.
Judge Philippa Cunningham also granted the victim name
suppression as he was yet to be formally identified and next
of kin have not been informed.
Defence counsel Elizabeth Bulger raised psychiatric concerns
but no reports were called for today.
The accused was remanded in custody without plea to appear at
the High Court in Christchurch on May 16.
Police launched a homicide investigation into the death
yesterday after a body was found at a house in Earnslaw
Neighbours say police knocked on the door of the house about
It was no surprise to see police at the address, people in
the quiet suburban street said. But they were shocked to see
officers carrying hand guns and many more soon descending the
One elderly Earnslaw Crescent resident was shocked by the
"It's hard to believe."
A friend of the murder accused, who did not wish to be named,
said: "I didn't see this coming - not at all. I'm really
"She was a nice girl."
Detective Inspector Greg Murton said enquiries into the death
A scene examination at Earnslaw Crescent was launched this
morning and is ongoing.
A large blue tent had been erected in a neighbour's yard
where ESR forensic staff are working from, while a police
caravan was outside the state house where the dead body
The body was expected to be removed from the scene tonight,
police said, with a post-mortem examination likely to start
The identity of the victim has not yet been confirmed. It is
likely he won't be named until after the post-mortem
examination is completed and next of kin have been notified.
Police are continuing to speak to witnesses and associates.
An area canvass will begin this evening, with police officers
talking to neighbours.