Murder charge over Christchurch death

Last updated 18:57 11/07/2012
Daniel Tobin

Police investigate after a woman's body was found in Christchurch's Travis Rd today.

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Police have arrested and charged a man with the murder of a woman whose body was found in the Christchurch suburb of Burwood this morning.

A 29-year old Kaiapoi man was charged with the woman's murder after being interviewed by police this afternoon. He is due to appear at Christchurch District Court tomorrow morning.

Emergency services were called to the Travis Rd house about 10.15am after the woman's body was found inside.

Neighbours said they were shocked by the discovery.

Vicki Stickkelman, who has lived in the neighbourhood for 26 years, said she was "absolutely petrified".

"I've got a young one at home and I just want to know what's going on," she said.
Another neighbour, Juliet O'Connor, said she did not know who lived at the property, but she had heard "party noises" coming from the house in the past.

The neighbourhood was not a bad one, she said.

"We've only been here six months. Pre-quake, there was the odd doughnut at the end of the road and the odd tagger, but nothing like this," she said.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Hill said the identity of the victim had not yet been released as next of kin were still being notified.

A post-mortem on the woman's body would be conducted tomorrow.

Hill said the early arrest was a positive result for police.

"We are continuing to talk to people associated with the victim and our forensic work will also continue for some time as we put together a picture of what has occurred."

A team of 20 police investigators along with ESR staff were working on the investigation.

A scene examination was likely to continue for several days, Hill said.

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