Suppression lapses for stabbing murder accused

Name suppression has lapsed on a 52-year-old Upper Riccarton man accused of the stabbing murder of his ex-partner, who was killed in an incident in Ilam Road on September 15.

Shiu Prasad appeared in the High Court at Christchurch today by video-link from the prison and was remanded in custody to November 9 by Justice Nick Davidson.

He is charged with murdering Keshni Mala Naicker and wounding Asveen Sharan with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Prasad did not appear in court when the case was first called on September 17 because he was in hospital after an operation, recovering from what police said was a self-inflicted stab wound. He was injured in the stomach and remained in hospital for about three days before being transferred to the prison.

He was granted interim suppression at that stage to give time to tell people of his arrest.

Defence counsel Andrew McCormick today asked for another remand without plea but said pleas would be entered at the next appearance.

He said Prasad was not seeking to continue the name suppression and Justice Davidson lifted the order.