Man in court over murder

JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN
Last updated 05:00 14/05/2012

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The man charged with the murder of Richmond woman Sharyn Wilkinson-Foley has been granted name suppression when he appeared in the Blenheim District Court today.

The 55-year-old man from the Nelson region was arrested in Picton yesterday.

The body of 39-year-old Wilkinson-Foley was found in her Salisbury Rd flat on Thursday last week.

The man's lawyer, Philip Watson, made no application for bail. The man was remanded in custody to appear in the Nelson District Court on June 8.

He also faces a charge of driving while disqualified on Maid Road, Stoke, Nelson, on May 8.

The man, dressed in blue police overalls, showed no emotion during his brief appearance apart from occasionally glancing towards the public gallery at the back of the court.

At the weekend police were looking for her former partner while also seeking others who might have had any contact with her in recent days.

Detective Inspector Geoff Jago, of Nelson, said determining the time Wilkinson-Foley died was one of the focuses of the inquiry, he said.

Wilkinson-Foley was in contact with one of her family members on Thursday morning. She did not attend her shift at work that day which was one of the reasons her family decided to check on her.

The woman had been assaulted but Jago was not prepared to comment further on the assault or say where the woman was found in the house.

He said family members had indicated she had recently ended a relationship.

The woman is thought to have lived at the address by herself, but neighbours spoken to by the Nelson Mail said the woman had lived there with a man. One neighbour said the man had not been seen for a while.

Jago said there was no evidence of a break-in at the address and family members were able to let themselves in.

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- The Marlborough Express

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