15 Nov 2011

Man accused of teen's murder appears in court

6:11 pm on 15 November 2011

A 34-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Christchurch schoolgirl Jade Bayliss.

The 13-year-old was found last Thursday when firefighters were called to a blaze at her Barrington Street home.

Jeremy McLaughlin is accused of her murder as well as the arson and burglary of her home.

A lawyer at Tuesday's hearing says Mr McLaughlin entered no plea when he appeared at Christchurch Men's Prison.

His lawyer did not seek name suppression or bail and he was remanded in custody for two weeks.

A 40-year-old man is charged with helping Mr McLaughlin to avoid arrest, knowing he had committed arson.

His lawyer, Andrew Bailey, says the judge refused name suppression but made an interim order allowing it while an appeal was filed with the High Court.

The man has been remanded in custody until next week when Mr Bailey says it's likely he'll apply for bail.

Meanwhile, Christchurch police say the Jade's body has now been returned to her family.