Woman charged with manslaughter

TRACEY CHATTERTON
Last updated 13:58 22/01/2013

Relevant offers

Crime

Nelson's Red Devils case in Supreme Court for one who pleaded guilty Man who allegedly raped daughter for years denied bail Fleeing car thieves caught short on fuel Man sentenced for Blenheim Work and Income arson Woman questioned over Kirsty Bentley murder wants to change her evidence Magic mushroom chocolates for 'medical issues' Charges of $1.42 million cheque fraud for former Zip Plumbing employee Phillip John Smith was 'kidnapped' - lawyer Illegal immigrant jailed for 'violent' attack Nelson group calling for teddies and torches to comfort abused children

A young woman who described herself as a ''safe haven'' for children has been charged with the manslaughter of her boyfriend.

Juliette Anne Gerbes had a charge of assaulting Christopher Jones upgraded to manslaughter when she appeared in the Hastings District Court today. She entered no plea.

It is alleged that the petite 20-year-old stabbed Jones during an early morning altercation at his Hastings flat last October.

After several hours of surgery, Jones, 22, died in Hawke's Bay Hospital from the stab wounds to his stomach.

Gerbes, a childcare worker, was quoted in a magazine last year claiming she was a ''safe haven'' for children she cared for.

Jones' step-father, Carl Duxfield, said he ''seemed happy'' with Gerbes.

Duxfield and Jones' mother, Sharon, took the first flight from Christchurch to Hawke's Bay when they learned of the incident, but Jones died before they got there.

Jones grew up in Christchurch and went to Lincoln High School. He was a keen freestyle BMXer, competing around the country. He moved to Hastings about 20 months ago.

At the time of his death he was working as a kitchenhand at a restaurant.

''He was happy. He had a good group of friends up there - mostly BMXing guys,'' Duxfield said.

Gerbes was remanded on bail with the conditions that she lived at a Hastings address and did not visit the flat where the incident occurred. She has surrendered her passport to the court and will reappear in March.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content