Christmas Day murder charge denied

Franchesca Kororia Borell has denied the murder of 25-year-old Hardeep Singh who was allegedly stabbed in an incident on Christmas Day.

Interim name suppression on 22-year-old Borell lifted as she made a brief appearance in the High Court at Christchurch today.

Justice Cameron Mander accepted the not guilty plea and lifted the suppression when defence counsel Colin Eason said he had examined medical records and accepted there was nothing that would support continuation of the order.

Singh was allegedly stabbed at an incident at a house in Cashmere Road on the afternoon of Christmas Day.

Borell was originally charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm but after Singh died in Christchurch Hospital on December 27, police upgraded the charge to murder.

Name suppression was granted when she appeared the next day on that charge to allow the forensic psychiatric team to make a preliminary assessment.

Borell’s appearance in the High Court was adjourned to today to allow Mr Eason to consider medical records and reports.

Justice Mander remanded Borell in custody to a case review hearing on April 12.

Three women were present in the courtroom’s public gallery for Borell’s appearance. One of them was in tears, and Borell blew her a kiss from the dock.

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