More arrests in Ashburton death case

Last updated 20:07 05/06/2014
Arran James Gairns
DROWNING SUSPECTED: Arran James Gairns' body was found on Sunday.

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Two more people have been arrested in relation to the death of an Ashburton man. 

A 24-year-old Ashburton man appeared before a registrar this morning charged with assaulting Arran James Gairns , 34, with intent to rob, on May 31 in Ashburton. 

Gairns’ body was found on Sunday in a drainage run-off area behind commercial premises on West St, Ashburton.

His death was being treated as unexplained, Detective Senior Sergeant Marion Neill said.

The accused has interim name suppression. He was remanded on bail to June 24.

A 26-year-old man was also arrested today and would appear in the Timaru District Court tomorrow charged with assaulting Gairns with intent to rob. 

A Wellington woman, charged with the same offence, entered no plea when she appeared in court yesterday.

The 26-year-old woman, who also has interim name suppression, was granted bail to a Hawke’s Bay address by Judge Joanna Maze, but the arrangement fell through. She has since been remanded in custody to July 3.

Police are continuing inquiries.

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