A man accused of killing a woman in their Auckland home can now be named.

Jiwan Ram, 63, appeared in the High Court at Auckland this morning charged with the murder of 47-year-old Bimla Wati.

He was granted name suppression at his first appearance in Auckland District Court, so family could inform other relatives, but that lapsed today.

Defence lawyer Hugh Leabourn entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Ram and indicated there would be a bail application in the future.


That would be opposed by the Crown, the court was told.

At his first appearance, Ram appeared in the dock with his arms heavily bandaged and they appeared in the same state today.

Ms Wati was found dead inside the pair's Mt Wellington home on Monday night and police said they were not seeking anyone else in connection with the case, dubbed Operation Burgundy.

Detective Inspector Chris Cahill said police were called out after reports of a domestic dispute on Rielly Place.

When they arrived, they discovered the body of Ms Wati and Ram, who had suffered injuries to his arms.

He underwent surgery at Middlemore Hospital in the week after the incident.

Ram will be back in court in February.