Suppression for Christmas Day murder accused

A 22-year-old woman charged with the murder of a man who was wounded at a house in Cashmere on Christmas Day has been granted name suppression.The woman had previously been charged with wounding 26-year-old Hardeep Singh with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and had been remanded in custody at her first appearance in the Christchurch District Court on Boxing Day.

She was remanded in custody again on Tuesday, and was still in custody when Mr Singh died in hospital and the police upgraded the charge to murder and began a homicide investigation.

The woman appeared before Judge Brian Callaghan today, and duty lawyer Colin Eason applied for interim name suppression and said he made no application for her release on bail.

Judge Callaghan granted the suppression until her next appearance and remanded her in custody to appear in the High Court on February 3.

Police were called to the Cashmere property about 3pm on Christmas Day, to find Mr Singh had suffered critical injuries in an alleged stabbing. He died in hospital two days later. A post mortem examination is expected to take place today.

Detective Darryl Sweeney said the police had extended their sympathies to Singh’s family and friends, many of whom live in India.

Police did not oppose the granting of interim suppression at the woman’s appearance today, and were granted permission to withdraw the earlier wounding charge which has now been replaced with murder.

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