14 Nov 2011

More information wanted on reports of screaming

1:28 pm on 14 November 2011

Police investigating the killing of a schoolgirl in Christchurch want to hear more about reports that two men who are under arrest, were heard screaming at each other hours after her body was found.

Jade Bayliss, 13, was found inside her burned Somerfield house last Thursday.

Police say she had been assaulted and the fire was deliberately lit.

Two men have been arrested and will appear in court on Tuesday. but police won't say what they are charged with.

A neighbour reportedly heard the men screaming and swearing at each other after Jade was found.

Detective Inspector Greg Williams says police canvassing the area had not heard the report, although he was aware the men may have spoken to each other prior to the death.

But if anyone has further information, he wants to know about it.

Special assembly at high school

Cashmere High School says counsellors have been helping students to cope with Jade's death.

Principal Mark Wilson says she was an outstanding student with a shy, but friendly nature and the school will struggle to accept the loss.

He says counsellors and time-out rooms are available and a traumatic incident team from the Ministry of Education has been at the school.

Mr Wilson says a special assembly was held on Monday morning, but there are no plans for a memorial service as it is up to Jade's family to decide what is appropriate.