Friend grieves for cricket fan with ‘amazing demeanour’ found in backyard grave

A person whose physique was discovered buried in a makeshift grave two weeks after he was allegedly stabbed was an “glorious sportsman” and a “very intelligent man”, a grieving good friend says.

Martin Orme Berry’s stays have been found within the yard of a property he owned in Papanui, Christchurch on Wednesday after a lady, believed to be kitchen hand Rena Maloney, contacted police and advised them he was buried there.

Maloney, who can also be identified by the surname Joyce, was charged with homicide later that day.

Martin Orme Berry's remains were discovered at the property in Papanui, Christchurch after a woman contacted police to tell them about a body.

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Martin Orme Berry’s stays have been found on the property in Papanui, Christchurch after a lady contacted police to inform them a couple of physique.

She didn’t enter a plea when she appeared earlier than Choose Quentin Hix within the Christchurch District Court docket on Thursday morning.

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A good friend of Berry’s, who declined to be named, advised Stuff he was a “intelligent man” who could be “sorely missed”.

The person first met Berry, who was 55 and born in Auckland after his dad and mom immigrated from England, within the mid-1980s by means of cricket.

They rapidly turned good associates, travelling throughout the North Island collectively for work.

Martin Berry and his partner lived in a rough cast house in Main North Rd.


Martin Berry and his companion lived in a tough solid home in Major North Rd.

Berry finally discovered his profession as a storeman in Whanganui earlier than shifting to Christchurch together with his mom in 2002.

The good friend mentioned Berry later labored as a storeman for Foodstuffs.

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His mom would later transfer again to the North Island, with Maloney – who Stuff understands moved to New Zealand greater than 15 years in the past from the UK – shifting into the Papanui dwelling.

The good friend mentioned Berry had a “excellent reminiscence”.

“He had a whole lot of sports activities information and normal information, so he might go into any of these pub quizzes and win it each time. He was a really intelligent man.

“He was an distinctive sportsman, very fair-play form of man, an excellent cricket umpire. And his normal information and manner have been simply wonderful.”

Detectives arriving at the property on Main North Rd, Christchurch.

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Detectives arriving on the property on Major North Rd, Christchurch.

The person discovered of Berry’s dying on Wednesday by means of a mutual good friend, and mentioned the group of associates from cricket are nonetheless coming to phrases with their loss.

“He’s sadly missed.”

Maloney lived in Manawatū, the place her ex-husband nonetheless lives, and it’s unclear how lengthy she and Berry had been in a relationship.

Court docket paperwork allege she fatally stabbed Berry on December 29.

The 55-year-old was remanded in custody at Thursday’s listening to after her defence counsel, Karen Chalmers, didn’t make functions for bail or title suppression.

She is because of seem within the Excessive Court docket at Christchurch on February four.

Following the invention of Berry’s physique on Wednesday, police mentioned they wished to listen to from anybody who had been in touch with or visited the occupants of 139a Major North Rd since Christmas Day.

Investigators engaged on Operation Leaf – the codename for the murder inquiry – continued inspecting the 1100-square-metre property on Thursday.

The house has a protracted driveway and is masked by mature timber and shrubs, whereas St Joseph’s Faculty, a Catholic main faculty, and a nuns’ residence are over the fence.

Two ladies, Berry’s mom and sister, are listed on the 2020 electoral roll as residing on the property, however each dwell within the North Island.

It is believed the body may have lain in the backyard of the house for at least a fortnight.

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It’s believed the physique might have lain within the yard of the home for a minimum of a fortnight.

In keeping with property information, Berry purchased the three-bedroom Major North Rd dwelling in 2002.

Members of Berry’s grieving household declined to touch upon Wednesday; an post-mortem and formal identification course of have been carried out on Thursday.

Police mentioned they believed the killing was an “remoted incident”.

“We need to reassure members of the general public that there aren’t any normal security considerations for the broader Papanui group.”

The murder investigation is the third to have been launched in Christchurch in simply 13 days.

Anybody with details about Berry’s dying is requested to name 105 and ask for his or her particulars to be handed to the Operation Leaf staff.

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