UPDATE: Sockburn homicide

As stated by 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 27 June.

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 to 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.

A second man was taken into custody but was later found to be a family member of the 37-year-old man and released.

I 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.

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