Kurt Bayer

Kurt Bayer is an APNZ reporter based in Christchurch.

Neighbours shocked by death in Christchurch house

Friends and neighbours of a 22-year-old woman charged with murdering a man inside a Christchurch house last night have been shocked by the death.

The woman was granted name suppression when she appeared from custody at Christchurch District Court this morning.

Judge Philippa Cunningham also granted the victim name suppression as he was yet to be formally identified and next of kin have not been informed.

Defence counsel Elizabeth Bulger raised psychiatric concerns but no reports were called for today.

The accused was remanded in custody without plea to appear at the High Court in Christchurch on May 16.

Police launched a homicide investigation into the death yesterday after a body was found at a house in Earnslaw Crescent, Bryndwr.

Neighbours say police knocked on the door of the house about 4pm yesterday.

It was no surprise to see police at the address, people in the quiet suburban street said. But they were shocked to see officers carrying hand guns and many more soon descending the house.

One elderly Earnslaw Crescent resident was shocked by the events.

"It's hard to believe.''

A friend of the murder accused, who did not wish to be named, said: "I didn't see this coming - not at all. I'm really surprised.

"She was a nice girl.''

Detective Inspector Greg Murton said enquiries into the death were continuing.

A scene examination at Earnslaw Crescent was launched this morning and is ongoing.

A large blue tent had been erected in a neighbour's yard where ESR forensic staff are working from, while a police caravan was outside the state house where the dead body remained.

The body was expected to be removed from the scene tonight, police said, with a post-mortem examination likely to start tomorrow (Tuesday).

The identity of the victim has not yet been confirmed. It is likely he won't be named until after the post-mortem examination is completed and next of kin have been notified.

Police are continuing to speak to witnesses and associates.

An area canvass will begin this evening, with police officers talking to neighbours.

- APNZ

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