Hayden Miles murder: Police search cemetery

BEN HEATHER AND DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 18:16 12/12/2011
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BODY YET TO BE FOUND: Hayden Miles.

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A team of eight police officers searching a Christchurch cemetery has so far failed to find the body of murdered teenager Hayden Miles.

The officers, together with Environmental Science and Research  staff, a forensic pathologist and other experts began searching the Ruru Lawn Cemetery in Linwood today for the body of the 15-year-old, who disappeared on August 22.

Police said today that nothing had been found and they expected to be at the cemetery for several days.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Hill said police were conscious that it was an unusual site for a crime scene, and they were being "respectful of the sensitivity of the location".

The scene examination at a Cashel St house is in its final stages. The property remains cordoned.

Police said inquiries were continuing, with more than 20 staff assigned to the case.

THREE ACCUSED IN COURT

All three of the people charged over events surrounding the disappearance of the 15-year-old in August were remanded to December 22 after appearances at Christchurch District Court sittings inside the men's prison and the central police station today.

A 27-year-old man charged with murdering the teenager on August 22 appeared before Judge Raoul Neave at the prison.

He was granted name suppression and all the details of the discussion were suppressed.

The judge then remanded him in custody without plea for another appearance at the prison on December 22.

An 18-year-old woman who appeared before Judge Brian Callaghan inside the police watch house was granted bail and remanded to the same date on a charge of being an accessory after the fact.

She has been scheduled appear at the court at the Nga Hau e Wha marae that morning.

She is charged with actively suppressing evidence, knowing the 27-year-old man had allegedly committed murder, to enable him to avoid arrest.

During the remand she will have to live with her parents in Upper Riccarton, and will be subject to a 24-hour curfew. She is not allowed to contact her alleged co-accused nor the family of the victim.

She was also granted interim name suppression.

Timothy Kuka, a 35-year-old Parklands man, entered no plea to a charge of robbing Hayden of a cask of wine on August 22.

Duty solicitor Rupert Glover arranged for him to be remanded on bail to December 22 at the marae, to enable a legal aid application to be processed.

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Police did not oppose bail during the brief appearance in the police station watch house.

MISSING FOR WEEKS

Yesterday, Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Hill said police investigators had "worked relentlessly" on the case.

"That's in relation to an incident that occurred on the day Hayden was reported missing," he said.

Hayden was last seen at 612 Cashel St on August 22, where police believe an "incident of interest" occurred.

The house has been subject to vigorous forensic examination over the past week.

Earlier that day, Hayden rang his mother from a stranger's phone after his own phone was stolen.

A police search-and-rescue team brought in to help with the investigation failed to uncover anything of note at the Cashel St property last week and had widened their search to surrounding properties.

As recently as Friday, police were insisting Hayden's disappearance was still a missing person case, despite media reports that it had been upgraded to a homicide investigation.

Yesterday, Hill refused to comment on what had changed, other than to say charges had been laid based on a combination of police searches and information provided by people.

He would not say whether the alleged offenders were known to Hayden or were linked to the Cashel St property.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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