The man police are talking to over a Christchurch homicide
knew the victim, police confirmed this morning.
The body of Christchurch woman Amy Elizabeth Farrall 24, was
found in the boot of her car at Woolston New World
supermarket yesterday morning.
She had been reported missing by an acquaintance on Saturday
afternoon and her car was found at the carpark by police.
Police today say it's too early to say how or where she was
A post-mortem examination will be carried out around midday
today while her family has asked for privacy.
Christchurch police investigating her death have travelled to
the West Coast this morning to interview a man arrested after
a vicious attack on two tourists.
Detective Inspector Tom Fitzgerald said police believed the
two incidents may be connected.
Yesterday investigators identified a vehicle of interest in
relation to the homicide enquiry.
That vehicle was also believed to have been involved in the
attack on two tourists on the West Coast.
Detective Inspector Tom Fitzgerald said detectives from
Christchurch would be interviewing the man today and over the
The vehicle found at Woolston had been removed from the scene
and secured by police, and would be forensically examined
A scene examination was continuing at a Woolston address
where the victim lived.
A post-mortem examination is being conducted today.
Stand-off before arrest
The 38-year-old was arrested following a police pursuit and a
five-hour armed stand-off after the attack on two foreign
tourists on the West Coast.
The women were found on the side of the road at Franz Josef
with serious injuries about 4pm.
They had been hitchhiking and were picked up at Whataroa by a
man driving a blue Nissan Terrano earlier in the afternoon,
Tasman District Commander Superintendent Richard Chambers
Police were yet to establish what happened but one of the
women suffered pelvic injuries and the other had three knife
wounds to the neck.
Following the attack, road blocks were put in place on State
Highway 6 and a helicopter and a plane were send to try to
locate the vehicle.
It was found south of Fox Glacier shortly before 8.30pm by a
It failed to stop and a pursuit began. The fleeing driver
encountered another road block at Paringa before turning
Another road block at Karangarua River, 25km south of Fox
Glacier, stopped the vehicle about 9.50pm.
Armed police surrounded the vehicle and began negotiating
with the man. Armed Offenders Squad members from Tasman
District, Dunedin and Christchurch were also flown to the
area by helicopter to assist.
The standoff lasted more than five hours before the man was
overpowered about 3am and taken into custody.
The man is being interviewed by police in Greymouth.
A 28-year-old German woman and a 27-year-old Japanese-Dutch
woman are recovering at Grey Base Hospital where their
conditions were described as stable.
They had spoken to police.
Police were grateful for the assistance they received from
members of the public during the incident, which provided
information on sightings of the vehicle, Mr Chambers said.
"It's been a long night for everyone involved, but the police
staff who responded did a very professional job and as a
result we had matter resolved as quickly as possible"
'I thought it was a backpack... a bag of rubbish'
The women were found by local woman Sue Hocken, who was
driving through the township when she noticed a vehicle
travelling towards her with its passenger door flapping open.
"I saw them being bounced out of the truck. Thrown out or
jumped out, I'm not 100 per cent sure,'' she said last night.
"I was just driving the car and the passenger door was open
on the truck that was coming towards me and then something
fell out. I thought it was a backpack ... a bag of rubbish
... just something quite big.
"I thought 'something's not right', so I turned round and as
I came back, he [the driver] had done a U-turn."
As the vehicle drove back past her heading towards the main
road, Miss Hocken noticed two motionless women, one lying on
the road, the other just off it.
She said they looked to be in their early 20s and appeared
traumatised and in "major pain". One had obvious stab wounds
around her throat and was bleeding heavily. The other had a
deep wound to her hip and was badly grazed.
"It was pretty horrendous ... they weren't moving; they were
just making noises."
One of the women was able to ask Miss Hocken to call for
help, but they said little else.
Within minutes a passing tourist, who was a nurse, arrived on
the scene. She was followed shortly after by the town's
district nurse. The pair comforted and treated the women
until the ambulance and police arrived.
The woman with the stab wounds was taken to hospital by
helicopter and her companion was taken from the scene by
ambulance, Miss Hocken said.
Miss Hocken, who was still feeling ''quite shaky'' last
night, understood the women had been travelling separately
but met up in Nelson and hitchhiked together from there.