Christchurch body in house: Victim's identity suppressed

A woman has appeared in a Christchurch court this morning charged with the murder of an as yet unidentified man last night.

The 22-year-old local woman was granted name suppression when she appeared from custody.

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 today called for.

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.

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

A scene examination at Earnslaw Crescent is under way this morning and witnesses are also being interviewed.

A post-mortem examination is likely to be performed this afternoon.

- APNZ

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