Woman in court on murder charge

April 28, 2014 | By More

Court House-07A 22-year-old Bryndwr woman has been granted interim suppression on a murder charge, and the alleged victim also has suppression after the case was called in the Christchurch District Court today.

Police said the man found dead at the house had not yet been formally identified and they did not want his name published until his family had been advised.

The woman appeared before Judge Philippa Cunningham who remanded her in custody to the High Court on May 16.

Defence counsel Elizabeth Bulger asked for the interim suppression order because she had psychiatric concerns about the woman. She had asked for the woman to be examined by the forensic psychiatric nurse at court before the appearance.

She said she was not yet asking for a psychiatric report to be prepared, but she reserved her right to request a report later if she thought it necessary.

She was not making an application for the woman’s release on bail but she would suggest some potential bail addresses for checking during the remand.

Judge Cunningham declined a media application to photograph the woman, and suppressed the names of the woman and the alleged victim.

Police allege the murder was committed on Saturday. They are examining the Bryndwr property, and speaking to witnesses today.

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