News from NZ Police
A 26-year old Wellington woman appeared in the Timaru District Court this morning charged with assaulting Ashburton man Arran Gairns with intent to rob on Saturday.
The body of Mr Gairns was found on Sunday in a drainage run-off area behind commercial premises on West Street, Ashburton.
The woman entered no plea and was remanded on bail to reappear at the Ashburton District Court on 23 June. However she is likely to remain in Police custody overnight as a suitable bail address has not yet been identified.
Police investigating the death of Arran Gairns on Sunday are continuing inquiries to locate and speak to a number of persons of interest.
Detective Senior Sergeant Marion Neill of Mid-South Canterbury Police confirms that Mr Gairns was the subject of an attempted robbery sometime prior to his death.
“We are still working to establish how many people may have been involved, and what their involvement with Mr Gairns has been.”
Police are continuing to treat the investigation as an unexplained death, she says.
Earlier news from NZ Police
A 26-year old Wellington woman will appear in the Timaru District Court this morning charged with assaulting Arran James Gairns with intent to rob, on Saturday in Ashburton.
Detective Senior Sergeant Marion Neill of Mid-South Canterbury Police says the woman was arrested overnight as a result of further inquiries late yesterday into Mr Gairns’ death.
“Today Police will continue to focus on the events leading up to Mr Gairns’ death,” she says. “This will include locating other persons who may have been involved in these events.”