A second person has been charged over the robbery of an
Ashburton man whose body was found in an industrial area of
the town on Sunday morning.
Police said a 24-year old Ashburton man would appear in
Timaru District Court this morning charged with assaulting
Arran Gairns with intent to rob on Saturday.
They would continue to investigate whether other people of
interest in relation to the unexplained death of Mr Gairns.
Mr Gairns' body was found in a water run-off area behind a
commercial building in Ashburton.
Detective Senior Sergeant Marion Neill said Mr Gairns was the
subject of an attempted robbery before his death.
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.