Protection order breached: Police

A man accused of stabbing to death the mother of his children in Havelock North this month was allegedly breaching a protection order when police say he went to her home and murdered her, charges before court reveal.

Raymond Shane Christison, 48, known to many as Shane, was found by police with cuts to his throat and wrists after police allege he stabbed his former partner, Gail Bower, at her home in Campbell St on June 7.

Christison first appeared in the Hastings District Court last week and was granted interim name suppression, which lapsed yesterday.

Flanked by two police officers, he appeared in the court again yesterday with bandages to his arms and neck.

He was initially charged with male assaults female in relation to the incident but court documents showed he was now charged with murder and breach of a protection order instead.

Name suppression was not applied for on the two new charges. An in-court camera application by Hawke's Bay Today was declined by Judge Phil Gittos.

Christison's lawyer, Tony Snell, said a forensic psychiatrist's report would be sought before his client's next appearance.

Ms Bower, 48, was farewelled in Havelock North last week at a funeral attended by more than 300, including the two sons she had with Christison. Matthew Christison, 19, paid tribute to his mother during the ceremony.

"After we left home, she really came out of her shell, she started to enjoy life a lot more, spending a lot of time with her friends and family - going out for dinner and drinks, having a generally good time."

Ms Bower and Christison had recently separated after more than 20 years together and were living apart at the time of the alleged incident.

Christison was remanded in custody without plea to appear in court again on July 9.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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