April 4, 2014

Sad week for Christchurch

There have been a lot of sad staff at my work this week as they cope with the loss of two students from our Science and Health area. A past social work student, Amy, has been found murdered.
Police have formally charged a 38-year-old man with the murder and sexual violation of Christchurch caregiver Amy Farrall.
The Otaki man appeared before Judge Noel Walsh from his bed at Christchurch Hospital today, where he is recovering from dog bites suffered during his arrest.
The man, who has interim name suppression, was reportedly handcuffed to the bed and had heavy bandages on both of his legs, along with a small abrasion on his face. He did not enter a plea.
A corrections officer, hospital orderly, lawyer, police prosecutor and judge were also present.
The man was also charged with aggravated robbery, wounding with intent, failing to stop and reckless driving over the alleged attack of two tourists near Franz Joseph on the weekend. 
Then shortly after, a current nursing student, Sharla, was knocked off her bike and killed in a tragic accident.
Police have released the name of a cyclist killed in a crash on Lincoln Rd this morning.
Sharla Phyllis Haerewa, 22, was in her second year of a nursing degree at CPIT. Police said it seemed she was cycling to work at Christchurch Hospital when the crash occurred at 6.40am.
Police crash investigators said it appeared a heavy truck turned left from Lincoln Rd into an unnamed road opposite Domain Tce, but turned directly into the path of Haerewa on her bike. The front of the truck apparently hit the bike side-on.
The truck continued around the corner, knocking Haerewa from her bike and dragging the bike nearly 40 metres before coming to a halt.
Haerewa died at the scene.

My thoughts are with both the families. Lovely girls both lost in terrible circumstances. Parents everywhere can't help but feel for them.

I also hear that it has been extra hard for the current nursing students who have not only lost one of their fellow students, but are also having to nurse the murder accused and his other two victims. Apparently he has name suppression....
I really struggle with all that - I found it so hard to have to deal with people who I knew neglected or hurt their pets but I am immensely relieved not to have to nurse them! I have also learned a lot about sadism and psychopaths this year and what they try to get away with....

We will be visiting the SPCA as a vet nursing class this week. An annual reminder for me of the work they do to help the injured, abandoned and abused animals.
In keeping with Amy's love of animals, people are asked to donate money to the SPCA in her memory.

I can at least do that.


  1. aww hugs Fi xxxx ... it's weird how many people on my FB are popping up saying they knew Amy. 2 degrees of separation.

    There are some sick people out there. We used to lock them away.

  2. So sorry to hear of the tragic loss of two young people.

  3. So sorry to hear of the tragic loss of two young people.

  4. I'm so sorry to hear that, Fi. I've retired from our tech here now but I know how these events touch the whole campus. Best wishes.


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