Update: Sockburn homicide
Canterbury District Commander Superintendent John Price:
Police can now confirm a 37-year-old man has been
charged with murder after
the death of a woman in Sockburn yesterday afternoon.
The man is due to appear in
the Christchurch District Court on Monday
Emergency services were called to Cheyenne
Street in Sockburn at 4:20pm
after reports a woman had been stabbed in the street.
Staff arrived shortly
afterwards and provided immediate medical assistance
the woman who had been critically injured.
She sadly died at the scene a short time later.
The 37-year-old man was located by Police nearby and taken into custody.
second man was taken into custody but was later found to be
a family member
of the 37-year-old man and released.
can now confirm the victim was not known to the alleged
offender and that
this was a horrific, traumatic and random attack on an innocent person who
was making their way home.
Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones
of the victim who are having
to deal with the loss of a partner, mother and friend.
At this stage we will not be
releasing any further details of the victim,
until we can be sure that all necessary family notifications have been
We know that this incident will have
been incredibly traumatic for anyone who
witnessed it, and will also be unsettling for the Sockburn community and
We want to reiterate that this was an
isolated incident and we are not
seeking anyone else in relation to this.
Sockburn residents can expect to see a
continued police presence in the area
in the coming days, as officers conduct a scene examination and speak to
We continue to ask anyone who
witnessed the incident and is yet to speak to
Police to get in touch.
If you have cellphone footage or CCTV in
that area please contact us on 105
and quote file number 220625/6903.