Blessie Gotingco murder-accused in court

Police forensics at Birkdale cemetery where a body was discovered during the investigation into the disappearance of Blesilda Gotingco.
Police forensics at Birkdale cemetery where a body was discovered during the investigation into the disappearance of Blesilda Gotingco.
Family and friends watch as police work at the cemetery after news of a body discovery was announced.
Family and friends watch as police work at the cemetery after news of a body discovery was announced.
Police teams moved in to search a North Shore apartment block as they investigated the disappearance of Auckland woman Blesilda "Blessie" Gotingco.
Police teams moved in to search a North Shore apartment block as they investigated the disappearance of Auckland woman Blesilda "Blessie" Gotingco.
Police have erected a tent at the cemetery  as part of the search for Auckland woman Blesilda "Blessie" Gotingco.
Police have erected a tent at the cemetery as part of the search for Auckland woman Blesilda "Blessie" Gotingco.
A police officer stands guard at the entrance of a cemetery in Eskdale Rd on Auckland's North Shore as police hunt for clues in the disappearance of Blesilda "Blessie" Gotingco.
A police officer stands guard at the entrance of a cemetery in Eskdale Rd on Auckland's North Shore as police hunt for clues in the disappearance of Blesilda "Blessie" Gotingco.
A cordon blocks the entrance of a cemetery in Eskdale Rd on Auckland's North Shore as police hunt for clues in the disappearance of Blesilda "Blessie" Gotingco.
A cordon blocks the entrance of a cemetery in Eskdale Rd on Auckland's North Shore as police hunt for clues in the disappearance of Blesilda "Blessie" Gotingco.
A police vehicle at the scene in the cemetery.
A police vehicle at the scene in the cemetery.
A cordon blocks the entrance of a cemetery in Eskdale Rd on Auckland's North Shore as police hunt for clues in the disappearance of Blesilda "Blessie" Gotingco.
A cordon blocks the entrance of a cemetery in Eskdale Rd on Auckland's North Shore as police hunt for clues in the disappearance of Blesilda "Blessie" Gotingco.
Detective Inspector Stan Brown holds a press conference the day after Blessie disappeared. Hours before the cemetery search he said more than 30 police officers were working on the case. "We hope she's alive out there and someone knows where she is."
Detective Inspector Stan Brown holds a press conference the day after Blessie disappeared. Hours before the cemetery search he said more than 30 police officers were working on the case. "We hope she's alive out there and someone knows where she is."
Blesilda "Blessie" Gotingco, 56, left her central-Auckland workplace in a rush on Saturday, May 24, about 7pm.
Blesilda "Blessie" Gotingco, 56, left her central-Auckland workplace in a rush on Saturday, May 24, about 7pm.

A 27-year-old man has appeared in the North Shore District Court charged with the murder of Auckland mother Blesilda "Blessie" Gotingco.

Judge Pippa​ Sinclair granted him interim name suppression for fair trial considerations.

A large crowd of media packed the gallery as the accused made his first court appearance since being arrested early yesterday morning.

The accused appeared distressed and faced away from the media and the gallery, often staring at the roof. He was dressed in a police-issue blue jumpsuit.

No bail application was made and he was remanded in custody.

He will next appear in the High Court on 18 June.

It is understood he was already known to authorities.

The court appearance follows a police search of his Birkdale, Auckland, apartment and the seizure of a car at the property yesterday.

Gotingco, 56, went missing on Saturday night after catching a bus home from her work in the city centre.

An autopsy of a woman's body found at Eskdale Cemetery is due to be carried out this morning. Police believe the body is that of Gotingco.

They will continue their search today of the man's apartment.

Neighbour Wendy Drake said a repair company had fixed the windscreen of a car at the property on Monday.

Yesterday morning, police raided the man's home and took away the old, grey BMW.

MISSING: Blesilda Gotingco.
MISSING: Blesilda Gotingco.
SEARCH: Police investigations will continue today.
SEARCH: Police investigations will continue today.

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