Police are trying to establish whether there were more than
one person involved in the death of Arran Gairns.
Mr Gairns' body was found in a water run-off area behind a
commercial building in Ashburton on Sunday.
Detective Senior Sergeant Marion Neill said Mr Gairns was the
subject of an attempted robbery before his death.
"We are still working to establish how many people may have
been involved, and what their involvement with Mr Gairns has
A 26-year-old Wellington woman appeared in Timaru District
Court yesterday facing a charge of assaulting Mr Gairns with
the intention to rob him on Saturday.
She entered no plea and was remanded on bail until her next
appearance in the Ashburton District Court on June 23.