Christchurch murder, West Coast hitchhiker attack charges

Last updated 11:49 02/04/2014
Hitchhikers flown to Christchurch
Deidre Mussen

ATTACKED: The injured hitchhikers were flown to Christchurch Hospital, the same hospital where their alleged attacker faces a bedside court hearing.

Amy Farrall
AMY FARRALL: The 24-year-old's body was found in a car at Woolston New World.

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Charges have been laid over the killing of a Christchurch woman and an attack on two hitchhikers.

A 38-year-old Otaki man will appear at a bedside court hearing in Christchurch Hospital at 2.15pm.

Detective Senior Sergeant Darryl Sweeney said the man will be charged with murder and sexual violation in relation to the death of Christchurch community support worker Amy Elizabeth Farrall, 24.

He will also face one charge of aggravated robbery, one charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and charges of failing to stop and reckless driving over the West Coast incident, he said.

A 28-year-old German woman and a 27-year-old woman of Japanese and Dutch origin were found stabbed and
with broken bones in Franz Josef about 4pm on Sunday.

The tourists also remain in Christchurch Hospital in a stable condition.

The charges against the 38-year-old man come after police interviewed him in hospital yesterday.

He has been treated for bite wounds sustained during his apprehension on the West Coast early on Monday.

Sweeney said a forensic examination at Farrall's home in Wildberry St, Woolston, was expected to last until the end of this week.

The 38-year-old man had been in Christchurch for a short time leading up to the weekend attacks, and was living at Farrall's home for some of that period.

Police are also talking to her neighbours and nearby residents.

An autopsy on Farrall's body finished late yesterday.

Her body was discovered in the boot of her car, parked in the Woolston New World car park, about 5pm on Sunday.

That vehicle, and the one the 38-year-old was driving at the time of his apprehension, are being forensically examined.

The 38-year-old man was apprehended following a 90-minute police chase and five-hour standoff in South Westland.

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