Second arrest after Ashburton death

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.


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