Murder charge laid after Christchurch death

02:58, Apr 28 2014
Homicide at Earnslaw Crescent
SEARCHING FOR EVIDENCE: Investigators at the alleged murder scene in Christchurch.

A woman accused of murdering a man in a Christchurch house has been granted interim name suppression in court.

The 22-year-old appeared in the Christchurch District Court this morning charged with murdering an "unknown male" yesterday.

Court documents allege she murdered him "manually".  

Forensic team arrives at Earnslaw Cres
INVESTIGATION: Forensic experts arrive at the home where a man's body was found.

Defence counsel Liz Bulger opposed applications to photograph the defendant in court.

She had concerns about the accused woman's mental health.

Bulger also asked for interim name suppression on the basis the victim's family was yet to be notified.

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It would be "most undesirable" for his family to make the connection on reading the accused's name in the media, she said.

Judge Phillipa Cunningham granted interim name suppression and remanded the woman in custody to May 16.

Judge Cunningham continued her bail conditions on charges of breaching community detention and theft on the basis she was in custody on the murder charge.

The deceased man was found at a house in Bryndwr, home after police were notified in yesterday afternoon.

The accused woman was arrested late last night, the court heard.

A resident said half a dozen armed police pulled into the street quietly and knocked on the door about 4pm.

One of them had a Taser drawn but she said that was not an unusual sight. Police often visited the home, she said.

Another resident said was "a close-knit street". "It's a bit sad this has happened."

St John was notified about 4.45pm.

Detective Inspector Greg Murton said inquiries into the death were continuing.

A scene examination at the property was underway this morning and police were speaking to witnesses.

The identity of the dead man had not yet been confirmed.

An autopsy was likely to be carried out this afternoon.

The Press