Man killed in Christchurch named

An Ashburton man who was killed in Christchurch last month can now be named.

Name suppression was lifted for both Cory James Protos (30) and the 22-year-old woman accused of murdering him, when she made a second appearance in the High Court at Christchurch today.

Zariah Jae Samson entered a not guilty plea to a charge of murdering Protos, who was understood to have been her boyfriend for a short time.

Police allege Samson murdered Protos on April 27 at an address in Conference Street. His body was then moved to a house in Bryndwr, where it's understood Samson lived.

Judge David Gendall remanded Samson in custody and she will appear in court again on July 18, although a trial is not likely to take place until next year.

Protos was the son of former Ashburton chimney sweep Jimmy Protos and his wife Gail. The couple moved to Western Australia a number of years ago and it's understood they were on holiday in Thailand when their son died.

Protos was farewelled at a funeral service in Ashburton on May 3.


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