Miramar homicide: Post-mortem examination carried out

File photo / NZ Herald
File photo / NZ Herald

A post-mortem examination is under way on a woman who was found dead in her Wellington home after what police described as a violent attack.

The examination to determine how she died started today and would continue into the evening, a police spokesman said.

The 37-year-old mother-of-two was found by a friend in her Miramar house on Sunday afternoon.

She had suffered a "violent death'', Detective Senior Sergeant John van den Heuvel said.

The woman's name would not be released until her parents in China were told of her death. The name was expected to be released tomorrow.

Her two primary-aged children completed "child focus forensic interviews'' today and detectives would begin analysing those, police said.

A scene examination of her property was also continuing.

The woman could have been dead for days before she was found, as the last contact with her was on Thursday morning, Mr van den Heuvel said.

A 58-year-old Strathmore Park man, who knew the woman, has been arrested for breaching a protection order against her.

He appeared in the Wellington District Court yesterday and was released on bail. The man was granted interim name suppression until his next court appearance next month.

Mr van den Heuvel would not say if the man was a suspect in the woman's death.

A court charge sheet said the man had allegedly sent the woman correspondence sometime between Thursday and Sunday.

- APNZ

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