Woman accused of assault in connection with the death of a man in Hastings



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Neighbors in the house of Hastings, where a man was found dead, are said to have heard cries and arguments in the days before death.

Emergency services were called to the house in Ferguson St, in the suburb of Akina, just before 9:10 pm Monday.

The house was isolated on Tuesday as police investigated. A spokesman said the man's death was being treated as suspicious.

"There will be a police presence on the property for some time while a scene screening takes place."

Police are investigating a property in Akina, Hastings, where a man was found dead on Monday, April 1.

ANDRE CHUMKO / STUFF

Police are investigating a property in Akina, Hastings, where a man was found dead on Monday, April 1.

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A 36-year-old woman appeared in the Hastings District Court in front of a JP on Tuesday afternoon, accused of attempted robbery.

The indictment carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

The woman was granted the suppression of the provisional name until her next appearance later this month. She was on probation without appeal.

A bail claim filed by defense counsel Nicola Graham was rejected by JP. Details of bail claim have been suppressed.

Detectives arrive at the scene around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2.

ANDRE CHUMKO / STUFF

Detectives arrive at the scene around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2.

The woman was crying while she was in the dock.

A large green tent can be seen on the property, which is part of a section that has been subdivided into three houses. The police were concentrating on the house in the middle.

A neighbor on the other side of the road, who would have no name, said a young woman lives in the house being investigated with two small children, including a baby.

There was "always much discussion, continuing" in the house being investigated, said the neighbor.

Police said they would be on the property for several days.

ANDRE CHUMKO / STUFF

Police said they would be on the property for several days.

"Sometimes her partner goes there. That's when they start arguing," she said. "You hear a lot of shouting."

The neighbor woke up at 7am on Tuesday and said it looked like the police were on the scene all night.

"Monday afternoon, a car arrived [to the house] and this guy left and went to the apartment, "said the neighbor.

A hole in the back door of the property.

ANDRE CHUMKO / STUFF

A hole in the back door of the property.

"I only saw one guy, but my husband said that three guys came out and looked like they were in a hurry.

"We were expecting something, but not a murder or something."

Another neighbor, who lived next to the property under investigation, said police said they would be in the house for several days.

The people who lived there were "noisy" when they argued, and the police were there "a little," he said.

House police are concentrating their investigations is the middle property in a subdivided section. Uncollected mail can be seen in the mailbox.

ANDRE CHUMKO / STUFF

House police are concentrating their investigations is the middle property in a subdivided section. Uncollected mail can be seen in the mailbox.

The couple moved about three years ago.

"The discussion has always happened, there has not been a time when it has not happened."

He said his partner saw a group of men fleeing the area in a purple car on Monday night.

An officer and a patrol car were guarding the scene on Tuesday. At the end of the day, several detectives arrived and began interviewing witnesses.

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