Name suppression for Ashburton murder-accused

Police cordons near the scene following the alleged murder. Photo Toni Williams
Police cordons near the scene following the alleged murder. Photo Toni Williams
The 19-year-old woman accused of murdering a young father in Ashburton has been granted interim name suppression.

Peter Hemi was killed in Ashburton on Friday, a fortnight after the birth of his youngest child. The 23-year-old man was found with fatal injuries at a property on McDonald St late on Friday night.

The woman charged with his murder appeared in front of Justice Tony Couch today in the High Court at Christchurch. Justice Couch said there was a "very small margin" between giving her name suppression or not.

He said her bail application will be heard at the High Court on December 6.

Mr Hemi was a father of three children – a seven-year-old, five-year-old and a two-week-old he met for the first time just three days before his death, Stuff reported.

The woman was arrested after police searched a Tinwald property on Monday with the assistance of the Armed Offenders Squad, Detective Senior Sergeant Richard Quested said last night.

 

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