Otaki man charged over murder

Last updated 15:28 02/04/2014

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A 38-year-old Otaki man charged with the sexual violation and murder of Christchurch caregiver Amy Elizabeth Farrall was remanded in custody and granted name suppression at a court appearance in Christchurch Hospital today.

The judge, prosecutor, defence lawyer and court officials gathered at the man's bedside.

He is recovering from surgery on police dog bites he suffered when he was arrested on the West Coast about 3am on Monday.

Before the standoff and arrest, the body of Farrall, 24, was found in the boot of her car in a Christchurch supermarket car park.

The man has also been charged with aggravated robbery and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm relating to an incident involving two female hitch-hikers who were picked up at Whataroa, South Westland, on Sunday.

Police say there was a car chase before a standoff about 25 kilometres south of Fox Glacier, and they have charged the man with reckless driving and failing to stop for police.

The man was detained on the West Coast and taken to Christchurch for surgery. His arrest followed the surgery.

He was remanded in custody to April 16.

A psychiatric report under the Criminal Procedures (Mentally Impaired Persons) Act was sought by police, but the order has been delayed until the man's appearance in the High Court.

Defence counsel Elizabeth Bulger asked for the report to be delayed because of the medication the man was on after his surgery.

She said more surgery may be needed tomorrow.

She applied for interim name suppression, which was granted by Judge Noel Walsh, who said the order could be argued at the time of the man's next appearance.

Police did not oppose name suppression.

The man was in bed throughout the brief court hearing.

Half his lower legs were heavily bandaged after surgery and he had an abrasion on his right cheek.

He was handcuffed to the bed by his right wrist.

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