Woman charged with Michelle Hoffman-Tamm's murder

By Abigail Hartevelt

A Rotorua woman has been charged with the murder of Michelle Hoffman-Tamm.

Gwenda Leigh Sloane aka Pluss, 44, a process worker, appeared in the Rotorua District Court this morning before Judge Chris McGuire.

She was originally charged with assault but that was withdrawn by the police. She now faced a charge of murdering Ms Hoffman-Tamm on November 7 at Rotorua.

During the appearance name suppression for Sloane was lifted.

She appeared at the start of the day but was stood down to see a forensic nurse to see if a mental health report was needed.

When Sloane appeared later in this morning, her lawyer Harry Edward said there was no basis to seek a mental health report.

Judge Chris McGuire remanded Sloane in custody until Decem ber 12.

Ms Hoffman-Tamm, 51, went missing after last being seen on her red mountain bike on November 7 when she left the Philip St home she shared with her partner to visit friends.

Police found her body on November 23 in a forested area just off State Highway 38.


- Rotorua Daily Post

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