10 Sep 2009

Body to be returned to Lowry family

3:03 pm on 10 September 2009

The body of Tisha Lowry will be returned to her family in Christchurch on Thursday to allow her tangi to begin.

Her funeral will be held on Saturday.

Ms Lowry, 28, went missing in September last year. Her body has been confirmed as one of two women found beneath a Wainoni Road house, next door to where she was living.

The Lowry family have asked for privacy to grieve, but have publicly thanked police for their work in finding Ms Lowry.

A man will be formally charged with her murder on Friday when he appears again in Christchurch District Court.

He is already charged with murdering his wife, who was the other woman found beneath the house.

Future of house

A proposal by Christchurch City Council to buy and demolish the house where the two women were found buried will be dependant on the owner agreeing to sell.

However, if the accused is found guilty of murder, legislation will prevent him gaining any financial benefit of that sale, apart from his own personal entitlement.

The Succession Homicide Act prevents convicted killers benefitting from their crimes.

In this case, the house in question is jointly owned by the accused man and his wife, whom he is accused of killing.

That would mean that proceeds from any sale of the property would be split between the woman's estate and the accused man, but the Succession Homicide Act would prevent him inheriting her estate.

The council has said the house could be bought and turned into a memorial park.