Christchurch murder accused granted name suppression

Ryan Boswell
Source: 1News

A Christchurch man accused of killing a woman in a supermarket carpark will keep his identity secret for now.

A police car outside a car park on Hawke Street, New Brighton.

The 43-year-old was given name suppression and 1News’ application to film and photograph him was declined during a hearing at the Christchurch District Court Thursday afternoon.

He is currently facing one charge of murder but police have not disclosed what weapon was used, what led to the crime being carried out, or who the victim is.

The court heard that identifying the man now could “muddy the waters” given the case is still in its the early stages and investigations are ongoing.

Scene examinations are continuing in the carpark of the Countdown supermarket in New Brighton where the woman died late Wednesday.

A car park where a woman was assaulted in Hawke Street, New Brighton.

Police said they were called to reports of an assault in Hawke Street, New Brighton at 10.40pm.

"The victim, a woman in her 40s, was unresponsive when emergency services arrived, and tragically died while being transported to hospital," police said.