Suppression granted for Merivale murder accused

A 54-year-old Aranui man accused of the murder of a woman in Merivale at the weekend has been granted name suppression at the request of the police, and defence.

Christchurch District Court Judge Jane Farish granted the suppression order as the man made a brief appearance by video-link today, when he was remanded in custody to April 27.

His next appearance will be in the High Court.

The man, listed as a labourer, entered no pleas to charges of murdering the 27-year-old woman and aggravated burglary in which he is accused of using a knife as a weapon when he burgled a house in Exeter St.

Duty lawyer Ruth Buddicom said the defence supported the memorandum from the police requesting the series of suppression orders, including the details of the police summary of facts and the name of the victim.

The woman’s body was found at a house in Exeter St and the police were called at 11.40am on Saturday. Police said the woman knew the man who is now accused of murdering her.

A post mortem examination was to be carried out today.

Judge Farish told the man that the suppression orders may be reviewed at his next appearance in the High Court, once he had a lawyer assigned to his case.

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