Second murder-accused appears in court after fatal Christchurch stabbing


Armed police were seen guarding a Bromley property while homicides detectives searched it on Wednesday.

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Armed police were seen guarding a Bromley property while homicides detectives searched it on Wednesday.

A man leaned casually at the edge of the dock as he appeared in court charged with murder after a man was fatally stabbed.

Christchurch concrete worker Curtis Taila Wealleans​, 23, is the second man to be charged after an alleged homicide in Riccarton on March 4.

No application was made for name suppression.

Emergency services were called to a property on Riccarton Rd on March 4 and found a man dead.

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Emergency services were called to a property on Riccarton Rd on March 4 and found a man dead.

A 58-year-old was charged with murder a day after the death. His name, the summary of facts and the victim’s name were suppressed at the man’s first hearing on March 6.

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Police allege the murder happened at a Kāinga Ora block of flats on Riccarton Rd.

Police will remain at the Bromley property for the next couple of days as inquiries are made into the Riccarton Rd homicide.

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Police will remain at the Bromley property for the next couple of days as inquiries are made into the Riccarton Rd homicide.

A tenant at one of the units earlier told Stuff the complex was “horrible” and police visited as often as every two weeks. 

“They’re the rejects of society that come here, myself included. But it’s still a roof over your head.”

Armed police were seen guarding a Bromley property on Wednesday. A police spokeswoman said homicide detectives were searching a property in relation to the alleged murder.

A large police presence was seen at a Bromley property on Wednesday, including five unmarked cars, three squad cars and a larger blue police van.

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A large police presence was seen at a Bromley property on Wednesday, including five unmarked cars, three squad cars and a larger blue police van.

Police would remain at the property for the next couple of days and a forensics team would also be there, she said. 

Wealleans​​ was arrested on Wednesday and appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Thursday.

He​ put his hands up to greet people in the gallery as he walked into the dock, then leaned casually on the glass as those in the court spoke.

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Police at the scene of a fatal stabbing at social housing flats in Riccarton, Christchurch.

Judge Raoul Neave remanded Wealleans​ in custody to appear with his co-accused in the High Court at Christchurch on March 25.

Police said last week they wanted hear from anyone who saw a black Nissan X-Trail four-wheel-drive, with two people inside, travelling in Riccarton and Linwood on the night of March 4 and early hours of March 5.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 105 and quote file number 200305/9359. Information can also be shared anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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