Body moved from murder scene - police

The body of a man killed in Christchurch on Sunday was moved from the scene of his murder to the property where his body was eventually found, police allege.

His body was found by police at a house in Earnslaw Crescent, Bryndwr on Sunday.

A scene examination at the address was continuing and was expected to be completed tomorrow.

A 22-year-old woman, whose name is suppressed, appeared in Christchurch District Court on Monday charged with the man's murder. His name is also suppressed.

She is next due to appear at the High Court in Christchurch on May 16. A plea has yet to be entered.

Christchurch police investigating the man's death today executed a search warrant and launched a new scene examination at an address in Conference St, central Christchurch.

Detective Inspector Greg Murton said significant activity was believed to have occurred at the address, resulting in the man's death.

A post mortem examination of the man's body was completed yesterday and his body has been returned to his family.

Neighbours of the Earnslaw Cres address said it was no surprise to see police at the address, but they were shocked when officers carrying hand guns descended on the address on Sunday afternoon.

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 surprised ... she was a nice girl."

- By Brendan Manning and Kurt Bayer of APNZ

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