11 Sep 2009

Woman found under house dearly loved, say family

5:41 pm on 11 September 2009

The family of the woman police say was killed by her husband and buried under the floorboards of their Christchurch home say they were proud of her.

Name suppression was lifted for Jason Somerville, 33, on Friday. He is accused of killing his wife Rebecca Somerville, 35, and his neighbour Tisha Lowry, aged 28.

The bodies were discovered under the floor of the Somerville's home a week ago.

Mrs Somerville's family released a statement on Friday, saying their daughter was dearly loved.

The family says she was progressing well in her efforts to get her life on track and they were proud of her achievements.

The accused appeared in Christchurch District Court on Friday and was remanded in custody on until 12 November.

Police actions toward neighbours criticised

A Maori Party MP has accused police of failing to support the family who lived next door to the Christchurch house where the bodies were found.

Rahui Katene says police took responsibility only after she was asked to get involved.

However, police say they have done everything they can to help since learning that the neighbour's children had been spread out among family because they could not bear to return home.

Police say that includes paying their motel bill.